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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Griz Enter Bye Week With Hot Hand on Offense

By ERIC TABER - After seven straight weeks of action, the Montana football team will take some well-earned rest this Saturday during the bye week.... more

Mongolian Beef

By KATIE WORKMAN - This dish reminds me of something you might get at an old-school Chinese restaurant. I'm earmarking it for my kids for Halloween--before the sugar-palooza.... more

Huckleberry Bread Pudding

By HOWARD KARP - In my favorite version of bread pudding, the bread is suspended in a rich custard and scattered with one deep purple huckleberries from our local forests.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 21

By BECKY GOODRICH - Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned family fun! ... more

Apple Crumble

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Apple crumble is an ideal way to capture the flavors and toasty aroma of rich pies and tarts a little more healthily.... more

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad

By KATIE WORKMAN - The tangy, quickly pickled cucumbers and onions make a great counterpoint to the lightly fried pork cutlets.... more

Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Upland bird hunting began Sept. 1 and hunters along the Rocky Mountain Front, especially in riparian areas, need to be aware they are in bear country.... more

12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival Set for November 3rd

By ERIC TABER - The 12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival scheduled for Friday, Nov, 3rd, at the Adams Center.... more

Light up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - GLOW FEST, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park. ... more

Spicy Sauteed Fish with Mango Salsa

By SARA MOULTON - In this recipe, the fiery Creole spice mix is countered by the natural sugars built into the pineapple mango salsa.... more

Light Up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - Check out Glow Fest, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park.... more

Deviled Burgers

By KATIE WORKMAN - A burger with a bit more zing, more interest, more panache.... more

Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

MCT’s Fall Season of Fun for Kids!

Hakuna matata! Grab your golden ticket because it’s going to be a fall of musical theatre adventures with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT).... more

Great Griz Encounter Set For Aug. 24

By ERIC TABER - The 22nd "Great Griz Encounter"meet-and-greet with the 2017 UM football players and coaches will take place in Caras Park on Thursday, August 24.... more

Griz Open Camp August 6

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies' football season officially gets underway on Sunday, August 6, when the 2017 squad reports for fall camp.... more

Grizzlies Athletics Providing Several Ways to Engage with Youth

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana athletics department is connecting with the youth in Missoula, announcing on Wednesday several initiatives to engage with young fans.... more

Kidsfest 2017 Slated for July 25 at Caras Park

By BECKY GOODRICH - Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2017, a free summer celebration at Caras Park.... more

MCT: Register for Fall Children’s Programming

Check out MCT's new fall line-up of fun, educational opportunities for kids in our area.... more

Montana Football: Griz Greats Return for Football Fundraiser

By ERIC TABER-A who's who of former Grizzly football greats are confirmed for the annual Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala, set to kick off this Thursday, June 29.... more

Coffee-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

By LOUIS BERTINO- This dish is not overly complicated or fussy, making it the perfect dish to try at home.... more

Missoula City Band Kicks Off Summer Schedule June 14

This summer, the Missoula City Band, under the direction of Gary Gillett, will play great band music each Wednesday from June 14-Aug 16 at 8 pm at the Bonner Park Band Shell. ... more

Downtown Missoula’s Out to Lunch Launches June 7

The 32nd annual Out to Lunch Summer Series in Caras Park kicks off its 13-week schedule on Wednesday, June 7. ... more

Salmon with Miso and Lime Juice

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN- Grilled salmon is an incredibly versatile blank canvas that you can use in everything from light salads to heady curries to spicy tacos.... more

Mountain Biking in Grizzly Country, Be Prepared

By GREG LEMON - Imagine you’re riding hard down a mountain trail. As the trail you’re on weaves around a thicket of alder and huckleberries there’s a sow grizzly and two small cubs.... more

Reuben Pizza

By SARA MOULTON- This is not your typical pizza. Essentially it’s a Reuben sandwich that swaps out rye bread for pizza dough.... more

Enjoy Memorial Day on the Water, But be Safe, Know the Rules and Clean Drain Dry

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species. ... more

Fresh Pesto and Grilled Chicken Sandwich

By JESSICA BUSH- If you’re looking for a summer comfort food that leaves no guilt, this recipe for a fresh pesto and gilled chicken sandwich is perfect.... more

Gouda Crème Brulée Cheese Tuiles

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - Crème brulée is typically associated with dessert and a sweet burnt sugar top. Until recently, I had never made a savory crème brulée, and I was very skeptical.... more

Baked Muffin Frittatas

By ELIZABETH KARMEL - These 'egg muffins' are perfect for entertaining and any leftovers turn a grab-and-go breakfast into a treat.... more

Wild Salmon Confit with Ramp Pesto

By LOUIS BERTINO - The salmon is poached instead of seared, giving it a very delicate and sophisticated appearance and texture.... more

Montana Football: Griz Cap Spring Drills in Butte on Saturday

By ERIC TABER - After more than a month of practice, the Montana Grizzlies will finish the spring football season at 1 p.m. on Saturday at historic Naranche Stadium in Butte, America.... 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

Tuscan Kale with Olives and Beans

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN - News flash: Kale is still in. It’s still one of the nutritional highlights in my crisper drawer, and winter is its peak season.... more

Arbequina Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Compote

By DEBORAH MISIK - Recipe from a book written by FVCC Executive Chef Howard Karp’s son-in-law, Dominic Orsini, the winery chef at Silver Oak Cellars in Napa... more

Top Casinos to Visit in Missoula

Missoula, Montana is the second largest city in Montana. Located in Western Montana, the city is strategically located at the convergence of five different mountain ranges. The landscape here is breathtaking an... 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

Apple Rose Tart

By MANDA HUDAK - Serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.... more

Pork Brassica

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

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a close on Saturday in Missoula, as the Montana State Bobcats (4-7, 2-6) pulled off an improbable 24-17 win.... more

Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

By ERIC TABER- The road woes that have plagued the Montana football team all season continued on Saturday. The Griz fell to Northern Colorado in Greeley 28-25.... 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

Record-Setting Griz Roll Past Idaho State

By ERIC TABER- Backup quarterback, Chad Chalich re-wrote Montana's record books on Saturday, passing for seven touchdowns and rushing for another in a 62-44 win over Idaho State.... more

Caponata

By MANDA HUDAK - Dish comes from the southern Italian island of Sicily and capitalizes on their natural sources of eggplant and peppers.... more

Lumberjacks Run Past Grizzlies 45-34

By ERIC TABER- Northern Arizona scored on its first play of the game, a 74-yard pass play, and the Lumberjacks never looked back in posting a 45-34 victory over Montana Saturday in Flagstaff.... more

Chicken with Spinach in Creamy Sauce

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can fuss all you want with fancier dishes, exotic ingredients and new techniques, but when in doubt, choose comfort food.... more

Griz Train Rolls 68-7 Over Scramento State

By ERIC TABER-In 100-plus years of Griz football, Montana has never posted back-to-back games of 60 points or more. It did just that against the Hornets, winning 68-7 in front of 25,351 fans on Saturday.... more

Griz Beat Thunderbirds 43-20 on Homecoming

By ERIC TABER-The No. 11. Montana Grizzlies offense racked up 600 yards of offense and the defense threw a clutch third quarter shutout to win a 43-20 in a homecoming victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.... more

Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

By KATIE WORKMAN - I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup. The Mexican version in particular speaks to me.... more

Fall Into Fun With Parks and Recreation

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for these exciting recreation and aquatics programs. Call 721-PARK to register or stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park. ... more