Eat, drink, and be merry

Missoulians enjoy local food and local music at Downtown ToNight, a weekly summer event at Caras Park.

Community

Yes, the community of Missoula is truly unique. At its core and its pride is a passionate and eclectic mix of residents who make up this former timber town that has slowly matured into a small cosmopolitan city.

It’s not everywhere that you’ll find loggers and ranchers co-existing with holdover hippies and artistic types. Add in college students, immigrants, young families, retirees, entrepreneurs, minimalists, sports fanatics, green living addicts, and everything in between, and you have a rich, vibrant, and diverse community.

Though there are differing political points of view over things like growth planning and the environment, for the most part the “live-and-let-live” code of the West still thrives in Missoula. It’s for this reason that Missoula is as often identified with its tolerance as much as with its diversity.

We don’t all have to like the symphony, organic food, Grizzly football, or back country hiking, but for the most part, we respect those who do.  As our community continues to grow and evolve, this tolerance and respect for one another is what makes Missoula truly special – and a place we all call home.

"Missoula is urbane, artistic, hip...perhaps Missoula's greatest assets are a legacy of quick accomplishment and citizens positively smitten with their town."

- Skywest Magazine

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 3

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 3

Jobs this week: Senior Accounting Clerk, Accounting Manager, Patient Ac... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

By ROB BREEDING- The 10th percentile in June means most rivers will be ... more

Mom Help: 16 Things to Prepare for Your Hospital Stay

By KIM S. - As a mom who had 3 C-sections the lists was pretty simple as for what to bring and not bring for our stay at the hospital. Here's my list of 16 MUST haves.... more

Missoula Job Service Hosts Mini Job Fairs

Missoula Job Service will host three mini job fairs in the office next week. Local employers are looking for food-service employees, caregivers, cashiers, and warehouse workers.... more

Why Do They Want To Disrupt My Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - The big word in the startup world is disruption, as in “We will disrupt the what-cha-ma-call-it market.” ... more

Liz Marchi: Wiring

By LIZ MARCHI - The older I get, the more I believe we are wired very early in life for a certain path. My husband and I share a lot of the same wiring and lot of very different wiring. ... more

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winning feature film A River Runs Through It brought notoriety to a town in the Pacific Northwest and the world was introduced to Missoula, Mon... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 27

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

This Baby Will Make Three

By CHERY SAYBOL- When Ellen Marceau has her third baby in November, it will be with the confidence of a mother who has already had two very different birthing experiences. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 27

Jobs this week: A Fire Chief, Senior Accountant, Veterinarian Assistant/Tech, Trainer/Staff Development Specialist, Sales Associate, Concrete Pump Operator, and More!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 27

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Tips for Fishing Through the Hoot Owl Restrictions

By TONY REINHARDT-Many assume that because there are fishing restrictions then the fishing must not be very good, not true. Changing your strategy a little can pay off in these conditions.... more

Expectations of Parenthood

By ERIN TURNER - This summer my oldest child turns 16 yrs old. Where did the time go? I'm reminiscing about that first pregnancy--which seems like only a moment ago.... more

Summertime Is Time to Mess Around

By BOB WIRE - Summer camps. Play dates. Dropping off. Picking up. Enough. The revolution is on. It’s summertime, for cryin’ out loud! It’s the Season of the Kid.... more

No Customers Beyond This Point

By MARK RIFFEY - I’m in the market for a new-to-me rig. I don’t switch rigs very often, so it’s a slow process to make sure I buy it right.... more

Whitewater Kayaking – Taking That Next Step

by JASON SHREDER. It’s crazy but as many kayakers as there are in Missoula one would think that it would be easier to find people to paddle with, but it’s a struggle for people that start out on their own. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 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 July 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- While Bob Stitt’s new team open the season against a reigning national Champion in North Dakota State his former team gets their shot at a defending national champ.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 20

Jobs this week: A Human Resource Manager, Medical Claims Processor, General Warehouse/Driver Associate, Laborers, Delivery Driver, Office/Physical Therapy Aid, Armed Security Officer & more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 20

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10 Heavenly Montana Hikes West of the Continental Divide

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Nothing inspires like a heart-pounding hike into Montana's high country. Put these ten picks for memorable hikes on your Montana bucket list!... more

On the Grill: Backyard Stir Fry

By PAUL SIDORIAK - Love Chinese style stir fry but don't like heating up the kitchen This summer? Why not do in on the grill? Here's my a recipe and step-by-step directions.... more

Junkpole Fence: Freaky Cheap Chicken/Deer Fence

By PAUL WHEATON - We needed a permanent fence that would keep flighty chickens (layers) in and keep the deer and the wild turkeys out. This fence went up mighty fast and cheap.... more

What Do You Do About Bad Competitors?

By MARK RIFFEY - I don’t talk much about competitors. First, because you have far more to gain by investing time and effort into improving your own business.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 13

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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 13

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 13

Jobs this week: A Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Lawn Mainenance, Sushi Chef, Kitchen Assistants, Head Cook, Medical Receptionist, Exhibition Coord./Museum Collections Specialist & more!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Kraig Paulson was the first Griz to make “ 37” significant and began the tradition of passing the number onto to a Montana native.... more

Filling Cracks With Automation and Metrics

By MARK RIFFEY - Metrics tell you what happened and in some cases, what is happening, but they don’t tell you what to do next. By themselves, metrics can get lonely.... more

Beat The Heat Roll-Up Snack

By ERIN TURNER - We had friends visiting and their son has Juvenile Diabetes so I wanted to be sure I had appropriate food and snacks for him. Here's one that fits the bill and beats the heat:... more

Installation of Ybarra’s Public Art Sculpture Underway at Silver Park

Construction of the new public art piece for Silver Park, George Ybarra’s sculpture “Perseverance and Passage,” has begun.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- OOPS!!... We made a significant blooper in this space a few weeks ago and need to correct the record.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 6

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 6

Jobs this week: Housekeepers, Sobriety and Accountability Tech, Restaurant Workers, Permit Specialist, Equipment Sales person, Small-engine mechanic, Mail Delivery Driver and more!... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

By ROB BREEDING- The 10th percentile in June means most rivers will be nearly bone dry in August.... more

Good Metrics, Better Metrics

By MARK RIFFEY - Hiding inside most good metrics is better, actionable information.... more

The Children’s Museum is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month!

By JENNIFER PEPPROCK- Volunteer Missoula chose The Children’s Museum Missoula as our organization of the month! The Children's Museum has been "Making it Matter" in Missoula since 1994.... more

Liz Marchi: Maintenance

By LIZ MARCHI - Maintenance has never been a sexy concept for me. I like startups, building, remodeling. As I age, all of that is changing. Maintenance is EVERYTHING. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 29

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 29

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- After three years of legal wrangling the University of North Dakota has begun the process of selecting as nickname to replace “Fighting Sioux.”... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 29

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 29

Jobs this week: A Laundry Attendant/Presser, Equipment Mechanic, Mobile Home Set-up Worker, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Therapist, and more!... more

Street Trees Suffer in Summer Weather

By BECKY GOODRICH - The heat is hard on all of us, but did you know it can KILL trees? Remember that street trees need your help to survive summer’s soaring temperatures.... more

Psychedelic Trout

By ROB BREEDING- Being late for fishing may be an unpardonable sin for Norman Maclean, but I know one far worse: not going fishing at all.... more

It’s Summertime in Montana

By TOM BENSEN-Gauging from the thermometer, summer is here. If you love concerts and summertime events, here are some MUST things to do in Missoula and Montana.... more

The Importance of Performance Metrics

By MARK RIFFEY - Quality and performance metrics drive your business. Do you know your critical metrics?... more

“And we Were Young:” Animated World War One doc illuminates soul, spirit of conflict

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO-“And We Were Young,” the animated documentary of Montana artist and filmmaker Andy Smetanka, illuminates the experiences of American doughboys in WWI.... more

Somewhere Beyond Lewistown

By ERIN TURNER - Somewhere beyond Lewistown, MT is the heart of “Nowhere” in a quaint little town called Winnett, Montana.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 22

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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 22

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 22

Jobs this week: Overnight Baker, Auto tech, Admin Support, Youth Case Manager, Legal Secretary, Tire Technician, Cook, Salesperson, Cleaning Captain, Guest Service Agent and more!... more

Celebrating Fathers: A Tradition Started at the YMCA

Did you know that the first Father's Day celebration was on June 19, 1910 and started at the Spokane, Washington YMCA?... more

If Charlie Russell Painted Missile Silos

By MONTE DOLACK- What if Montana’s famous cowboy artist, Charlie Russell was living today? I have mused many times as to what shape his artworks would yield in today's world.... more

Emergency Notifications: Smart911 is Your Answer

By NICK HOLLOWAY - The Missoula Office of Emergency Management reminds us: May is National Wildfire Awareness month. Is your family’s ready should a wildfire threaten your property?... more

The Care and Feeding of Leads

By MARK RIFFEY - Coming up with the right question can be a lot harder than not having the answers. And answers are better than assumptions.... more

Liz Marchi: Digital Detox

By LIZ MARCHI - This weekend was Big Sky Dev Con in Bozeman. This was year 5 of the event which is another of those little known but extraordinary things going on in Montana. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 15

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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 15

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 15

Jobs this week: A Counter Person, a Production Technician, Entry Level Customer Service, Delivery Driver, Medical Claims Processor, Dispatcher or Logistics Specialist & More!... more

Quest for Land: My Advice for Permies and Homesteaders
Part 3 of 3

By PAUL WHEATON - I want to grow the future of permaculture. Not just with my ideas, but with 20 different artisans in seed and soil. Each permie would have their own vision for what is “best”.... more

The Care and Feeding of Leads

By MARK RIFFEY - How are you caring for the warm leads that you get each day? It matters.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 8

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 8

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-This coming Thursday (June 11) marks the 135th anniversary of the birth of pioneering Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 8

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 8

Jobs this week: A Human Resources Assistant, Construction Laborers, Event Services and Houing Manager, Sales and Services Assistant, Accounts Receivables, Maintenance Worker & More!... more

Top 9 First Friday Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

By MATT ANGLEN - First Friday Art Walk happens every single month in Missoula, come rain, or sleet, or pounding blizzard. Here is our top 9 list of Must See Events:... more

Sunshine Marketing as Self-Defense

By MARK RIFFEY - Have you ever signed a non-compete, non-disclosure clause as a condition of employment? Do you make your employees and / or contractors sign one?... more

Saving Money on Your Summer Vacation

By ERIN TURNER - Here are some tips for making lifelong memories on your summer vacation without breaking the bank.... more

Salmonfly Mania in Missoula

By TONY REINHARDT -The time has finally arrived! Many anglers wait all year to chase the Salmonfly hatch, and you won’t find a much better place to do it than in Missoula. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 1

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 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- With the Early opener against North Dakota State the Grizzly football team will have two open weeks during the midst of the season.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 1

Jobs this week: Marketing Assistant, Finance Specialist, Dispatch and Operations Team Member, Bakery Work, Deli Worker, Checker, Produce Clerk, Grocery Stockers and more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 1

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

Ladybugs To The Rescue

BY BOB WIRE- An estimated 10 quintillion insects are creeping around on the planet right now. That’s roughly the number of emails Hillary Clinton deleted from her personal account.... more

A Forecast of Shadows

By MARK RIFFEY - Warning: I’m about to discuss some technology things (yes, again), with good reason. IT affects every business niche, including yours. This isn’t about IT. It’s about everything.... more

Organizing Gift Cards in a Binder

By ERIN TURNER - I love gift cards, but I hate when I unexpectedly find myself in a restaurant and realize I've left the gift card for that restaurant at home in the drawer. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The coaching change in the Florida Gators men's basketball inspires two trivia related to UM Athletics.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 25

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 25

Jobs this week: A Director of Operations, Assistant Manager, Cleaning Technician, Administrative Clerk, General Laborer, Communications Specialist, Nursery Worker and More!... more

Mowing the Grass to Make Some Lettuce

BY BOB WIRE- My son, Rusty is trying to get a part-time job for the summer. Rather than donating plasma or sperm, I suggested he try his hand at lawn mowing.... more

Can You Predict Future Revenue?

By MARK RIFFEY - What would you be able to focus on if you weren’t running about the place trying to chase down enough sales to make next week’s payroll?... more

Quest for Land: My Advice for Permies and Homesteaders Part 2 of 3

By PAUL WHEATON - When it came to picking a piece of land, I have a powerful bias. I just love Missoula, Montana. Someday I want to be able to say that I grow a lemon tree, outdoors, in Montana.... more

Is Your Family Ready For Wildfire Season?

By NICK HOLLOWAY - The Missoula Office of Emergency Management reminds us: May is National Wildfire Awareness month. Is your family’s ready should a wildfire threaten your property?... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- In September of 1993 the Griz debuted a new radio play-by-play voice, Mick Holien, and a new furry Mascot, Monte and the program really took off. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 18

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 18

Jobs this week: Outdoor General Labor Positions, a Safety Officer, Wildland Firefighters, Engine Crew Boss, Substitute Dispatcher, Cashier and More!... more

Rage Quit? Throw a Fit? You Might Regret it.

By CHERY SABOL - A RESOUNDING RESIGNATION, afire with sturm und drang, can be momentarily satisfying, but damaging for years to come. ... more

Motivational Words for the Boys of Summer

BY BOB WIRE- To inspire my fellow denizens of the diamond, I’ve prepared a motivational speech that I’ll break out as soon as we hit our first slump. ... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series Kicks Off

The 2015 Summer Series kicks off June 3rd and 4th and is sure to be exciting as the MDA celebrate 30 years of Out to Lunch and 15 years of Downtown ToNight.... more

Robots, Rural Small Business and China

By MARK RIFFEY - Would robotics address rural small business challenges like it does in China?... more

2 Rivers + 2 Hours = Missoula Fun

By JASON SHREDER - Many towns, such as Boise, Asheville, and Bend boast great river opportunities in or close to town--but here's why Missoula trumps them all when it comes to river fun.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 11

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 May 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Former UM head coach Bobby Huack had hoped to be back at the helm of the Grizzlies this season, but at least he will get a chance to see the Griz on film.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 11

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 11

Jobs this week: A Project Superintendent, Lawn Mowing Foreman, Quality Control Workers, Bank Teller, Freight Receiver, Merchandise Processor, Dental hygienist, Delivery Driver and More!... more

Quest for Land: My Advice for Permies and Homesteaders Part 1 of 3

By PAUL WHEATON -Decades ago I was obsessed with gardening and outgrew my urban lot. I needed more space. Not only for my horticultural endeavors, but I needed to expand into all sorts of animals.... more

This Man’s Job is Breathtaking

BY BOB WIRE- I recently went in for a pulmonary function test. I’ve been having trouble breathing since, oh, 2008, and this spring it got pretty bad.... more

Habitat for Humanity is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month!

By JENNIFER PEPPROCK-Volunteer Missoula is excited to feature Habitat for Humanity as our organization of the Month! Habitat has been "Making it Matter" in Missoula for over 20 years. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 4

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- With their second win this season the MSU Bobcat football team will have won 54 games during the Presidency of Baraack Obama more than any other president in Bobcat history.... more

Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By ERIN TURNER - Despite not having a drop of Mexican heritage in my blood, I still love celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Here are 5 of my favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes.... more

Explore Downtown Missoula by Foot on a Historic Walking Tour

If you’re visiting Missoula and looking to explore the city a bit, the beautiful downtown area offers an array of locations rich in historical significance. The Missoula Downtown Association has a self-guided... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 4

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 4

Jobs this week: A Web Support Specialist, Pediatric RN/LPNs, CNAs and PCAs, Manager of Internal Audit, Line Cook, Direct Care Providers and More!... more

Pro Tips to Avoid Pain at Your Desk

By Clay Springmeyer - The human body wasn’t designed to sit hunched over a computer behind a desk all day. Here are a few tips that can help eliminate pains from a long day at the desk.... more

AARP’s RealPad vs. the iPad: My Senior Moment

BY BOB WIRE- My Aunt Byrdona emailed me the other day. "I want to get this tablet," she wrote. "What do you think?” I clicked the link and there it was, AARP's RealPad, a tablet for seniors.... more

What Your Customers Don’t Know

By MARK RIFFEY - What you think they know, what they really know, what they've forgotten. Why Messaging is so important in marketing your business.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 27

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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 27

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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 27

Jobs this week: An Enroller/Care Coach, RV Salesperson, Deli Worker, Delivery Job, CDL-A Driver, Production Laborer, Maintenance Tech, Assistant Manager, and More!... more

Bee All You Can Bee

BY BOB WIRE- I was recently featured in a video called "Buggin' Out for the Butterfly House". In this follow-up blog I'll disccuss the green screen, lip synching, and flashing my grapes to the cast and crew.... more

Winning Against the Chain Store

By MARK RIFFEY - Yesterday, I sat down in a store that’s part of a Montana-based coffee shop chain. I drove past a national coffee chain to reach this place. Why should I drive past them to vist you?... more

Frugal and Delicious: Homemade Refried Beans

By ERIN TURNER - With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, why not some try my recipe for simple, delicious, homemade refried beans. ... more

Liz Marchi: Manners, the Masters and Equal Pay

By LIZ MARCHI - Be on notice, hitting on women is unwelcome and exhibits the worst in manners. Sexist comments and jokes are NOT funny.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 20

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