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

Archive for the ‘Things To Do’ Category

Top 6 Essential Accessories For Your Road Trip

What to do before departure and while travelling to enjoy the stress-free journey.... more

Andorcles and the Lion with MCT

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) will present a fast-paced, funny version of Aesop’s classic story Adocles and the Lion, Sept 13-14.... more

How to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water at School

Children need the adults to keep urging them to take more water during the day. ... more

7th Annual Doggie Dash Slated for September 8 at Fort Missoula

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks & Recreation invites you and your four-legged friends to the 7th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Fort Missoula Regional Park West.... more

The Dangers of Using Your Personal Credit Card for Business

3 Reasons to Stop Using Personal Credit Cards for Business Purchases.... more

Over 140 Players Break in New Fort Missoula Regional Park Pickleball Courts

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 140 pickleball players, ranging in age from 17 to 84, will compete in Missoula this weekend at the fifth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament.... more

Thirty Artists Selected For River City Roots Festival Art Show

Thirty artists have been selected for the Juried Art Show on Main Street Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, during the 13th Annual River City Roots Festival in Downtown Missoula.... more

Audition for Sister Act

by MICHELLE NIGH - Get your “Sunday Morning Fever” burning and groove your spirit on over to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts! ... more

Keeping Vigilant on Protecting Montana’s Waterways

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.... more

Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

Join us for Kidsfest 2018, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Buying a Vibration Plate

Vibratory plate compactors are often used for on construction sites or places with confined working locations to compact asphalt, foundations, slopes, and soil.... more

Best Day Trips From Missoula for Nature Lovers!

Experience western Montana's  Big Sky country for a truly wild adventure, without forgetting the comfort of urban life. ... more

Improve Productivity with Excavator Attachments

The right excavator attachment can help get your construction or demolition job done right and improve productivity. ... more

More Missoula Residents Are Signing On For Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery

If you’re at your ideal weight or close to it, but your stomach just doesn’t look as sleek and toned as you want it to, this cosmetic procedure will be a good fit.... more

How To Safely Treat Sun Spots And Melasma

By MARK ALVARADO - Whether you're a beach bum or you're somebody who prefers sunny days over any other weather, you may well be aware of the dangers of extreme sun exposure.... more

Many Glacier Campground Adds Restrictions After Grizzly Bear Sighting

A northwest Montana campground has temporarily banned tents and soft-sided campers after a grizzly bear made its way into the area.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase 2 Grand Opening Slated for July 26

By BECKY GOODRICH - The public is invited to the Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase II Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. ... more

4th of July Out to Lunch Offers Independence Day Celebration for All!

Join us in celebrating Independence Day in the heart of Missoula with a special Out to Lunch in Caras Park on Wednesday, July 4 from 11am-2pm!... more

Registration Open for the Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala

By ERIC TABER - The Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala will be held at the Ranch Club June 28-29 with proceeds benefitting the Montana Football program. ... more

Israeli Couscous, Swiss Chard, Peppers

By KATIE WORKMAN - This is very nice served warm, but it’s also a great room temperature salad, perfect for a picnic or a potluck barbecue party.... more

Montana Homestead Declaration – Why it’s Important for Homeowners

By ALLISA WINBERG - The state of Montana has a wonderful Homestead Exemption Act that is designed to protect the investment you have made in your home. Here are the details.... more

3 Cool Poker Rooms You Should Check Out in Missoula

If you visit Missoula or you go there for a poker tournament, you definitely have to find a poker room where you could practice.... more

Marbled Mirror Glaze for Cake

By DEBORAH MISIK - Although mirror glaze has been around for a long time, social media has heightened its allure by marbling it with modern color... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Launch June 6 & 7

For the 33rd consecutive year, the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) has developed a vibrant and robust Out to Lunch Summer Series to commence on Wednesday, June 6.... more

Grilled Halibut

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Salmon Panzanella

By KATIE WORKMAN -This is the kind of one-bowl lunch or dinner that is pure summertime happiness.... more

MCT’s 7th Annual Adapted Performance

On Tuesday, May 8, MCT will present an adapted performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.... more

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Spring Green Salad

By MANDA HUDAK - This dish combines springtime green vegetables with nutritious, fluffy quinoa and a bright herb vinaigrette. ... more

Chicken Piri Piri

By KATIE WORKMAN - Why spatchcock a chicken? It cooks more quickly and evenly, and also allows for some nice overall browning.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

By BECKY GOODRICH - Mount Jumbo’s South Zone will reopen to public use on Friday, March 30, bringing the area’s annual winter wildlife closure to a close.... more

Grizzly Bears Reported Out on Rocky Mountain Front

Just in time for the beginning of spring, grizzly bears have been reported out on the Rocky Mountain Front.... more

Citrus-Marinated Salmon

By KATIE WORKMAN - The bright flavors of lemon and orange are a nice complement to the fish in this recipe.... more

A Night in Missoula: Where to Go and What to Do

Any day-tripping visitor to Missoula is spoiled with things to do, places to eat and drink, and ways to let your hair down.... more

Grizzlies Thump Bocats & Clinch Share of Big Sky Title

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana got back to its winning ways in dominant fashion on Saturday night, knocking off rival Montana State, 90-63.... more

Shake Off The Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

The Missoula Downtown Association will host the eighth annual Winter BrewFest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 3-9 pm at Caras Park.... more

Mini Pizzas

By KATIE WORKMAN - If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.... more

Krslovic Carries Montana to 10th Consecutive Win

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana stretched its win streak to double digits on Thursday, knocking off Northern Colorado, 88-79.... more

Halfway Through Big Sky Play, Montana is Taking ‘One-Game-At-a-Time’ Approach

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana reached the midway point of the conference season last weekend, defeating Northern Arizona to improve to 9-0.... more

Impossible Pie

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - This pie is healthier than most breakfast cereals and can be served for breakfast or for dessert.... more

Garlic Herb Bread

By DEBORAH MISIK - This versatile bread can be braided, made into rolls, used as great pizza crust, or filled with pepperoni, sauce and cheese for a meal.... more

Apricot Almond Coffee Cake

By SARA MOULTON - If you’re expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe.... more

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

By SARA MOULTON - If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies.... more

Winter Greens

By CHEF MANDA HUDAK - The key to memorable salad is homemade dressing. Sadly in this country we have embraced the convenience, unhealthful and overly sweetened versions of pre-made dressings.... more

Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

Missoula is renewing its efforts to keep people safe when riding bikes at night.... more

Canelé

By CHEF DEBORAH MISIK - The caramelized crust paired with the soft custard center makes this a one-of-a-kind pastry.... more

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This dish is filling enough to step in for less healthy options at your holiday table, but broad enough in its appeal to be eaten year-round.... more

Wildland Firefighters, Vets Gifted with Griz Football Game

By ERIC TABER - UM Athletics and sponsors honor more than 800 wildland firefighters, emergency responders, veterans and their family members at this Saturday's game.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This is filling comfort food that I feel good about serving my family.... more

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