Dan Boyce

Reporter

Dan Boyce moved to the Inside Energy team at Rocky Mountain PBS in 2014, after five years of television and radio reporting in his home state of Montana. In his most recent role as Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief, Dan produced daily stories on state politics and government.

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Helena Diocese
2:16 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Helena Diocese filing for bankruptcy in wake of child sex-abuse lawsuits

Inside the Helena Cathedral. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection in the wake of child sex-abuse claims.
Credit Erik Madsen/flickr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement in lawsuits over child sex abuse. It’s the 11th diocese in the nation to seek bankruptcy after similar claims.

Allegations against The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena stem from a period between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Hundreds of victims say clergy members sexually abused them at that time while the church covered it up. Most of the clergy implicated in the suit have since died. None remain in active ministry.

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The Great Plains Oil Rush
2:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost

A cold night in the city center of Williston, N.D. Law enforcement agencies are concerned that rapid changes in the region have created conditions conducive to organized crimes like sex trafficking.
Annie Flanagan for NPR

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:00 pm

A Friday night at J Dub's Bar & Grill in Williston, N.D., begins and ends with multicolored flashing lights, thumping dance music and crowds of young men with money to spend.

"A lot of testosterone being thrown around in this town," says Nathan Kleyer, 24, a Williston native who's at J Dub's with some friends for a few drinks.

And he's seen it all over town, he says: "These scantily clad women walking in, and they will hop tables until they find a john to take them home."

He's seen it in bars, and he's even heard about it at a nearby chain restaurant, he says.

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Affordable Care Act
11:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap'

Arlee resident Donna Mollica earns too much to qualify for Medicaid as it stands, but not enough to meet the criteria for Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies

A ballot initiative which would expand Medicaid in Montana has run into a hang-up after the Attorney General’s office noted a legal issue with the proposal.

Supporters of the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative” have filed a corrected version to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.

This will shorten the amount of time the initiative has to gather signatures to be placed on the 2014 ballot.

Republican lawmakers during the 2013 legislature blocked passage of Medicaid Expansion, an optional piece of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Eve Byron
3:55 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Wildfires, wolves and the watchdog: Eve Byron on 20 years in Montana journalism

Long-time Helena Independent Record reporter Eve Byron left the newspaper at the end of last week to "pursue other interests."
Credit Eliza Wiley, Helena Independent Record

Reporter Eve Byron has been a force at the Helena Independent Record for decades.

Starting out covering local government, Byron moved to being a journalistic authority on wildlife and natural resource issues in Montana.

After 20 years and about 15,000 stories, Byron left the Independent Record last Friday.

She’s starting a new job as a communications specialist for the Helena-based non-profit National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Wolves
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.

“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

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MLK Day
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Some thoughts on the state of racial equality in Montana

Martin Luther King Junior Day provides a time for us to reflect on equality.

The civil rights leader spent his life pursuing equal opportunity for all people, especially people of different racial backgrounds.

In this story, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network Kim Abbott about the state of race issues in Montana.

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REAL ID
1:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

MT driver’s license not in compliance as REAL-ID Act enforcement begins

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin to gradually enforce components of the 2005 REAL ID Act, a law which sets federal security standards for state-issued IDs.

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C.R. Anderson Closure
11:08 am
Fri January 17, 2014

A little more about the old shooting range which led to C.R. Anderson's closure

Credit Dan Boyce

C.R. Anderson Middle School students will be heading back to class next week.

The state’s largest middle school abruptly closed last Tuesday after elevated lead levels were found at the site of the school’s old firing range.

Further testing shows the lead was confined to that area and cleanup efforts should be completed in the next few days.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce finds out more about the shooting range thought responsible for the contamination.

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Helena
10:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

C.R. Anderson Middle School closed for at least a week due to lead contamination

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena will be closed for at least a week after tests found elevated lead levels
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s C.R. Anderson Middle School was abruptly closed Tuesday after test results brought up elevated lead levels in areas of the building.

The lead found in Montana's largest middle school likely comes from the school's old basement firing range, which administrators say has been closed for about 20 years.

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Helena
10:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Helena Parks dept. holds first ice skating lessons for kids

Cooper Larson (right) shuffles around the ice as instructor Megan Williams looks on.
Credit Dan Boyce

A smooth frozen pond sits in the middle of Helena--a skating rink for citizens’ use at Memorial Park.

The Helena Parks Department is starting a new program there to teach kids how to make their way around the ice.

The Helena Parks Department is holding these 30 minute ice skating classes at Memorial Park for the next five Tuesdays, starting at 6 PM.

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