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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Mount Jumbo South Zone closure Extended to March 31

By BECKY GOODRICH - The Mount Jumbo winter wildlife closure has been extended to protect wintering elk. The area traditionally opens March 15.... more

Protecting Traditional Assets Isn’t Enough

By MARK RIFFEY - Are all of your most valuable assets being protected, or only those your insurance & bank care about?... more

Chocolate Lava Cake

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK- Ever needed a quick chocolate fix? An extremely easy and tasty dessert that is sure to blow the socks off of your dinner guests.... more

Hall Too Much as Cats Rally to Beat Griz

By ERIC TABER-The Montana men's basketball team missed out on a chance to make history, falling to a hot-shooting Montana State Bobcat team 78-69 in Bozeman on Saturday.... more

Consistent Experience

By MARK RIFFEY - How does your sidewalk reflect on your ability to credit a payment or deliver a meal?... more

A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Lasagne

By BOB ZIMORINO - The purpose of this photo journal is to demonstrate how to build a lasagna.... more

Liz Marchi: Birthdays, Vacation and Tornadoes

By LIZ MARCHI -I will be looking for the fog to lift and the sun to warm my little Polson, Montana. May we all have that experience as our year unfolds.... more

Ginger Cake with Lemon Swiss Buttercream Frosting

By DEBORAH MISIK - The lightness and creaminess of the buttercream against the rich moist dense cake will excite your palate.... more

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

By MARK RIFFEY - After every election, it's painfully easy to lose focus. Don't.... more

Pork Brassica

By MANDA HUDAK - Winter reminds me of the brassica family of veggies including cabbages, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and kohlrabi.... more

Liz Marchi: Home

By LIZ MARCHI - I don’t know if it’s the holidays, winter or age, but of late “there is no place like home.”... more

Growing Birds in the Garden City

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Why did the chicken cross Missoula Ave? Perhaps to say hello to the new neighbors, Quail and Duck!... more

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

By KATIE WORKMAN - Spoonbread is a perfect holiday side; a pudding-esque interpretation of grits; a softer version of cornbread; perfection alongside a roast of any kind.... more

The Smell (or Aroma) Of Sales

By MARK RIFFEY - Sales is tough work. One of the things that makes it challenging is starting a conversation with someone you don’t know.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Storing History in Milltown

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Ask anyone in Bonner, West Riverside, or Milltown where they used to go buy groceries and more than likely you will hear a variety of responses: Milltown Market, Finky’s or Disbrow’s.... more

Parks and Recreation Hosts Old-Fashioned Family Fest on Oct. 22

It’s fall—time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned harvest celebrations brought to you by the folks at Missoula Parks and Recreation.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Create a Great Learning Space

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -How do people create a productive learning environment at home? I'm convince it takes headspace, and physical space.... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Hunting Elk in August

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Elk shoulder seasons this year will allow hunters in some hunting districts to go after antlerless elk starting Aug. 15.... more

Summer Sauces

By MANDA HUDAK - These two sauces are inspired by that tradition. Each is easy to prepare and designed to showcase the sweet and tangy flavors of summer. Both can be served hot or cold with a host of options.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 18

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 18

Featured Jobs: Government Affairs Director, Lawn Maintenance and Ladscape Worker,Manager, Maintenance Lead, Administrative Assistant and more!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in over half a century the Griz will face the USC Trojans in basketball.... more

It’s Time To Sell Something

By MARK RIFFEY - Selling the right product to the right person so they can do what they need to do (or get what they want) is honorable work.... more

Crispy Buttermilk-Soaked Pork Chops

By SARA MOULTON - Summertime and the living is easy. Dinners can be casual, thrown together at the last minute. But when the kids start heading back to school, it’s time to switch gears.... more

Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -The annual Missoula Marathon: one of the highlights of the year for many locals and visitors to our town!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 11

Featured Jobs: A Respite Provider, Concrete-Pump Operator, Sales Associate, Assistant Manager, Shuttle Drivers, Reservation Agents and more!... more

Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - This I believe: we must keep our minds, bodies and our social connections growing even when it’s hard. That’s foundational to a life in full.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The College World Series title won by Coastal Carolina in June marked the sixth time a school that has faced the Montana Grizzlies football team ( since 1960) has won the College Base... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 11

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Montana Calls Jordan Sullivan Home

By JOEL CARLSON - Sometimes it takes being away from home, a long way from home, for a girl to get some clarity on what’s important in life. And what she needs to do about it.... more

Marathon Training Tips – Post Marathon Recovery

By DAN LYNE-Completing a 26 mile race is an extreme test of endurance that takes a lot out of your body. Your best strategy for full recovery starts in the first 30 minutes after the race. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 4

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

How to Bear Proof Your Home, Cabin

By BRUCE AUCHLY-It’s summer; time for many folks to head to the mountains for vacation. That’s fine, just remember Montana’s mountains are home to black and grizzly bears.... more

No Fireworks on FWP Property Including Fishing Access Sites

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home.... more

America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

They come from all corners of North America, bringing gut-string instruments, virtuoso talent, encyclopedic knowledge of a bygone era and acclaim as the modern masters of their art.... more

Creamy Buffalo Potato Salad

Looking ahead to the Fourth of July and its picnics, I wondered what would happen if I Buffalo’d some potato salad.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 27

Featured Jobs: An HVAC/Refrigeration Tech, Warehouse Laborers, Production Tech, Custodian, Early Childhood Teacher, Customer Service Manger, Administrative Assistant and more!... more

Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

By GRACE STOPHER - Nestled in an unsuspecting corner at Wyoming and Johnson streets, you may notice a little door in a string of warehouses with a blue sandwich board nearby, ushering you inside to VonCommon St... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 27

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - I was delighted with the news last week that former Griz coach and playe,r Blaine Taylor, had gotten back into coaching.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Breunig to Play Pro Basketball in His Native Germany

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly basketball standout, Martin Breunig has signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball in his native Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.... more

Understanding Agency: Part II

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Are you a fan of lists and sticky notes? I sure am! Even before getting into real estate, I was a “listing agent” in my own right!... more

Liz Marchi: Comb Over

By LIZ MARCHI - I have spent the last 10 days doing something I don’t do much of, revisiting a place in time. The occasion: my 40th College Reunion.... more

What Are You Afraid Of?

By MARK RIFFEY - Is your business clinging to fear-driven artificial barriers? Limiting thoughts had my software company stuck on a sales plateau.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 20

Featured Jobs: A Human Resources Manager, Laborer, Finance Manager, Yard Worker/Car Dismantler, Fleet/Facilities Superintendent, Emergency Services Dispatcher, and more!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 20

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Missoula Osprey manager Joe Mather is doing something this season that none of the other three managers to guide the O's to a title did, come back the next year.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 20

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Working Dogs Help in the Fight Against AIS

By JOLEEN TADEJ - A unique partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Flathead Basin Commission is helping promote the use of new weapons in the war against aquatic invasive species.... more