The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

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How Multilingualism Helps Improve Businesses

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Learning From Our History: Keeping Missoula Workplaces Safe

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Make Montana Home

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Liz Marchi: 2018

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Liz Marchi: 2017–It’s Here!

By LIZ MARCHI - In gratitude, I begin a New Year so thankful for the journey traveled and the road ahead. May your 2017 be rich in friends, family, health and happiness.... more

Liz Marchi: Home

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Liz Marchi: Getting Over It

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Liz Marchi: Family, Seasons and Change

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Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

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Liz Marchi: Comb Over

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Liz Marchi: Voting, Travel, Air and Water

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Liz Marchi: Home Again

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Liz Marchi: Reflection

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Is It Done Yet?

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Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

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Start Your Marketing Calendar

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Hiring Entry Level People and (Gasp) Millennials

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Liz Marchi: Sleep

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Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

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Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

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Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

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Company Goals Need Context

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Working Linear vs. Parallel

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Is Your Business 2016 Ready?

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Do They Have Each Other’s Back?

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Liz Marchi: Curiosity and Perfection

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Liz Marchi: Seasons Change

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Liz Marchi: Tomatoes, Tempo and the Short Game

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Liz Marchi: Wiring

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Liz Marchi: Maintenance

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Liz Marchi: Digital Detox

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Liz Marchi: Manners, the Masters and Equal Pay

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