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

The Seinfeld of Blog Posts

By BOB WIRE- You think it's a cakewalk, coming up with a new topic to w... more

Liz Marchi: On Birthdays and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - Sunday was my 61st birthday. The great thing about a Ja... more

Office of Emergency Management: Be Prepared, Make a Plan

The Missoula County Office of Emergency Management reminds us to be pre... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 26

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

Benefits of a Pantry Challenge

By ERIN TURNER- If the idea of cleaning up and eating up your pantry appeals to you then you are ready for a Pantry Challenge! ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 26

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Apparently Kryskowiak and Wayne Tinkle were paying attention at practice to the teachings of Mike Montgomery and Stew Morrill...... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 26

Jobs this week: A Delivery Driver, Real Estate Loan Processor, Seasonl Firefighters, Dentist, Industrial Electrician, Mill Laborers, Glass Installer, Front Desk Agent and more! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 26

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

The Bar Gig From Hell Part 2: The Revenge

By BOB WIRE- The bartenders poured stiff drinks. That’s what got us through another night of pop country requests, complaints about the disco balls, and a general absence of love in the room. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 19

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

Frugal Diamond Ring Cleaner

By ERIN TURNER- Here is a quick, easy and frugal way to clean diamond rings at home!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 19

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Montana Grizzlies 62-47 win over the MSU Bobcats Saturday marked the ninth straight win in the series for UM.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 19

Jobs this week: Legal Assistant/Receptionist, Firefighting and Fire Management jobs, Bookkeeper, Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher, A Conveyor Belt Technician, Forestry Nursery Workers, and more! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 19

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

The Bar Gig From Hell, Part I

By BOB WIRE- My ego was beaten like a dirty throw rug this weekend, when we played a double-header in a new bar in unfamiliar territory. I overheard someone say, “who the hell is Bob Wire?” ... more

Fire and Ice–Wildland Firefighting Recruitment Begins Mid-Winter

By CHERY SABOL - If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to explore work as a wildland firefighter this summer, hopefully another resolution was to not procrastinate.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 12

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

Restoring Household Order

By ERIN TURNER- This last week I spent packing up the Christmas decorations, cleaning the house after all the holiday parties and of course, hitting all the after Christmas clearance sales.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 12

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- On March 7, 2009 Brad Huse’s Bobcats downed the Griz 56-54 in the Big Sky quarterfinals ending UM’s season. Since then, Montana has taken off having won 116 games to MSU's mere 71 w... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 12

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 12

Jobs this week: Level 3 Mechanic(s) and Welders, Line Technician, Evironmental Health Specialt and more! ... more

The Guitar that Invented Rock n’ Roll

By BOB WIRE- The Fender Stratocaster is to rock and roll what the basketball is to basketball. Its importance to rock music can’t be overstated.... more

Frisco Is Great Location For FCS Championship Game

By JIM O'DAY - I was part of a small committee assigned to look into the facilities and communities being considered as the site for the NCAA Division I Football Championship title game starting in 2010. ... more

Liz Marchi: Paper Bliss

By LIZ MARCHI - As much as I love to clean and organize, my husband loves to keep every piece of paper that he's ever owned. Whatever your bliss is, nurture it, edit it and own it in 2015!... more

A Delicious Way to support the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Montana

This month Mothers' Milk Bank of Montana is teaming up with Liquid Planet offering "Liquid Gold" as a way of supporting the Milk Bank. Check it out!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 5

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

Couponing in 2015

By ERIN TURNER- While I still am passionate about saving money and getting the very best deal available, how I save money looks different than it did 5 years ago. ... more

Citizens Urged to Call 911 to Report Mount Jumbo Trespassers

Parks & Rec Reminder: Mount Jumbo is closed for the winter and with the new snowfall Avalanche Danger is HIGH. Cititzens are urged to call 911 to report Trespassers.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 5

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- It was 40 years ago this weekend that the University’s first sanctioned women’s basketball team (The Honey Bears) took the floor for its opening weekend of play.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 5

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 5

Jobs this week: Field Assistants for Geophysical Surveying, a Janitorial Suprvisor, Baker, Store Supervisor, and a Portable Restoom Service Tech in the Bakken oilfields. ... more

After Christmas Savings Ideas

By ERIN TURNER- Afraid you've missed all post-Christmas sales? Not to worry. There are still many good sales opportunities and over the next two weeks the sales will get better and better.... more

It’s All About First Night–New Year’s Eve in Missoula

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Missoula First Night Missoula--the community-wide celebration of the arts with more than 80 events and activities from noon until Midnight.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 29

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- For the first time in since Montana entered the Big Sky Conference the Griz and Lady Griz will play a league game on New Year’s Day. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 29

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 29

Jobs this week: A Dental Hygienist, Caregivers, Enroller/Care Coach, Housekeeping Inspector/Housekeeper, Service Writer, Over-the-road Drivers, and more! ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 22

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 12/22/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 22

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- New Montana Grizzly football coach Bob Stitt is well aware of the high expectations that come with being the head coach at UM. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 22

Jobs this week: A Plans Examiner/Building Inspector, Licensed Clinical Therapist, Accounting Associate, Computer Systems Analyst and more! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 22

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Top Album Picks for 2014

By BOB WIRE- I'm sorry, but if you make beats that doesn't make you a musician or songwriter any more than picking up dog poop makes me a veterinarian.... more

The Dark Side of Native Plant Enthusiasm

By PAUL WHEATON - What’s wrong with native plants? The problem has nothing to do with advocating for native plants, but in advocating against all other plants – not just for oneself, but for all people.... more

Missoula REALTORS Help Kids in Need Through MOR4Kids

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG- MOR4Kids has provided $33,975 in direct contributions to Missoula’s schools for food, milk, clothing, and gas to help parents get their kids to school. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- No, Bob Stitt may not have any previous connection to the University of Montana, but Stitt does have something in common with Don Read and Joe Glenn...... more

Roundup of Christmas Savings Ideas

By ERIN TURNER- I’ve compiled a list of various blogs/websites which provide some fantastic ideas on how to be frugal while still getting the most out of the holidays! ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 15

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 12/15/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 8

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 15

Jobs this week: Machinist, CNC Machin Operator, Repair Dispatch Manager, Program Manager, Pick-up and Delivery Driver, Accounting Technician and more! ... more

Ten Things To Tell Your Dog Today

By BOB WIRE- My dog Houdini knows fewer English language words than Koko the gorilla. If only for one day, this magnificent beast could understand everything I’m telling him.... more

Did you Just Should on Me?

By PAUL WHEATON - The word “should” is seriously embedded in our culture and habits. And I think it is possible that it may have slightly different meanings for different people. ... more

Selling Your Home During the Winter

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG- Selling your home during the winter months can be a daunting task. However, there are distinct advantages to selling your home at this time of year. ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 8

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 12/1/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Simple Homemade Caramel Sauce

By ERIN TURNER- Every Christmas I like to make homemade gifts for family and friends. This year I am excited to be making up batches of Homemade Caramel Sauce. It's Heavenly!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 8

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Mick Delaney’s run as Grizzly head football coach ended Saturday in Cheney with a loss to Eastern Washington. Like his 5 immediate predecessors Delaney's last game at UM was in the po... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 8

Jobs this week: Housekeepers, Mechanic, Front Office Supervisor, Communications Director, Driver/Warehouse Worker, 14 Diesel Mechanics, 4 parts counter associates, lube techs and more! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 8

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Liz Marchi: Working in Yoga Pants

By LIZ MARCHI - What’s great about yoga pants, other than they are comfortable, is that I don’t use any mental energy getting dressed on days when I work from the barn. ... more

My Turkey Can Beat Your Turkey

By BOB WIRE- Our Thanksgiving meal was circumvented in a twisted, serpentine, Gordian knot of cooking contortions thanks to the numerous dietary considerations presented by our family.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Dec 1

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 12/1/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- This Saturday for the fifth time in their FCS play-off history the Grizzly football team has a rematch in the post-season with a team they faced in the regular season. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 1

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 1

Jobs this week: A part-time IT Field Technician, Program Director, Chief Accountant, A full-time Director for a Truck-Driving School, Chef De Cuisine, and more! ... more

It’s Supposed to Be No Fun. You’re Sick.

By BOB WIRE- The phone rings. "Dad," says a voice that sounds like Louis Armstrong with a sinus infection. "I don't feel good." It's Nurse Dad to the rescue!... more

Infecting Brains with Permaculture 52 Cards at a Time

By PAUL WHEATON - When I give gifts, rather than giving people stuff that they might like, I tend to give them things that I like them to have. Check out this gift idea:... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Nov 24

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 11/24/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

New Money Saving App–FAVADO!

By ERIN TURNER- I recently discovered FAVADO--an app that can save you both TIME and MONEY--and just in time for the holiday shopping season! ... more

Capitalism, Gift Economy, and Prices That Are Too Damn High

By PAUL WHEATON - My feeble understanding of capitalism is that I can work super hard for a year, save up all my money and then live without working for several years.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Nov 24

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- For the 18th time in the last 22 seasons the Montana Grizzlies are hosting a FCS play-off game. The Griz are 12-6 in their play-off openers at home.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 24

Jobs this week: A Facilities Manager, Chiropractic Doctor, Office Administrator, Kettle Bell Ringers, Auto Detailer, CNA or PCA , and more! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 24

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby

By BOB WIRE- I enjoy moving at a high rate of speed without really getting anywhere so I was perfectly suited to participate in the second annual Ride-A-Thon, a fund raiser for A Carousel For Missoula.... more

This Year’s Griz-Cat Game Just Got More Interesting

By JIM O'DAY - I was recently approached to do some podcasts on topics and issues pertaining to Division I athletics, and particularly, the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.... more

Liz Marchi: Handing Off

By LIZ MARCHI - My work life has been full of aspirations and over reach. I have always aspired to do things that I wasn’t credentialed to do and that people said were too hard to do. ... more

Missoula Community Theatre Announces Auditions for Clue: the Musical

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding auditions for Clue: The Musical THIS Sunday, November 23rd at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, from 12:30-5:00 p.m. ... more

Energy-Saving Tips on Thanksgiving

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG- The Missoula Organization of Realtors offers some helpful tips on ways to cut down on gobbling up energy to help save money and be kind to the environment on Thanksgiving Day.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Nov 17

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 11/10/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

By ERIN TURNER- If you have kids, then you know that Ranch Dip has far surpassed ketchup in the world of condiments. Here's my recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 17

Jobs this week: A Volunteer Services Specialist, Cashiers, Maintenance Technician Worker, Bus Rider, Heavy Haul Truck Driver, Optician/Contact Lens Technician, and more! ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Nov 17

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- While the Grizzlies have posted double-digit wins over MSU in their last four visits to Bozeman the Cats haven’t won in Missoula by double-digits since 1984.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 17

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Nov 10

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 11/10/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Missoula City Crews Juggle Leaves and Snow

Snow and ice have arrived during the City's fall leaf collection program, and crews are busy plowing snow and deicing streets and still trying to stick to the leaf pickup schedule.... more

Reconditioning and Re-Purposing Old Shoes

By ERIN TURNER- Imagine my delight recently when I discovered this adorable pair of Converse tennis shoes in my son’s size at a Missoula Thrift Store. I paid $3 bucks, and check em out!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 10

Jobs this week: Director of Finance, Habilitation Technician, Pediatric RNs and LPNs, Capenter/Framer, Excavator Operator, Head Engineer/Maintenance Manger and more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 10

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Nov 10

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Saturday will be the debut of Travis Decuire’s Montana Grizzly basketball team. Decuire would like to duplicate the coaching debut of his long-time mentor Blaine Taylor. ... more

You Can’t Take That On The Plane

By BOB WIRE- I traveled to the Bay Area last week to play some music at a fund raiser. The Delta agent looked at my guitar case like it contained fifty pounds of Ebola-infested squid.... more

Will it be Denim or Diamonds on November 14?

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG-Support MOR for Kids, Garden City Harvest and the Missoula Children’s Museum at the annual charity auction Nov. 14th.... more

Homesteading Basics: How to Make Your Own Lard

By ERIN TURNER- Thinking about adding lard to your baking regimen? Consider making your own. With the help of a crockpot, it's super easy and it's perfect for melt-in-your-mouth pie crusts, cookies, and and mor... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Nov 3

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 11/3/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Nov 3

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- It has been a decade since the Montana Grizzly soccer team won the regular title and earned the host spot in the Conference tournament. Montana hosted 6 of the first 8 conference tourna... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 3

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 3

Jobs this week: Experienced Trailer and RV Repair person, Operations Manger, Receptionist, Glazier, Graphic Artist and Marketing Assistant, Accounting Technician and more!... more

Missoula Police Employ Extra Patrols to Curb Halloween Drunk Driving

The Missoula Police Department is putting on extra patrols from Halloween evening on Friday, Oct. 31, through the weekend to reduce holiday drunk driving... more

SOMT Appreciative of Washington Family Support

By JIM O'DAY - Last week, Dennis and Phyllis Washington, and the Washington Companies/Montana Rail Link, kindly donated the usage of their “Silver Cloud” train to Special Olympics Montana.... more

40 Ways to Hog the Hot Tub

By BOB WIRE- Like to be by yourself in the hot tub? if you give one of these little conversational nuggets a try, you might be surprised at how quickly you find yourself alone.... more

City of Missoula Announces: Leaf Collection Starts Tues., Nov. 4

The City of Missoula will begin fall leaf pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 4, starting in the downtown Special District #1. See your neighborhood leaf collection schedule here.... more

Fall Days on the Radar

By ROB BREEDING - The fishing has grown increasingly good as the leaves succumb to gravity.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Oct 27

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 10/27/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Early Preparation for Christmas is the key to Savings

By ERIN TURNER- There are only EIGHT Saturdays left before Christmas? Take a deep breath and relax because if you start your planning now, you’ll be the most relaxed, calm person come December!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 27

Jobs this week: A Qualified Automotive Tech, Nursery Workers, Field Assistants for Geophysical Surveying, Patient Service Tech, Office Assistant, Over-The-Road Driver, and more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 27

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Oct 27

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Grizzlies open play in November coming off a loss. The Griz lost their final October game in 2013 and then proceeded to handled 4 straight opponents in November. ... more

Phones In Restaurants: Less Welcome Than Cockroaches

By BOB WIRE-If you're sitting with someone in a restaurant, reading this blog on your phone, I hope the waitress spills a pot of scalding coffee all over your naughty bits. And your phone.... more

Missoula Housing Market Continues Steady Recovery

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Low inventory, higher interest rates and a harsh winter have contributed to fewer home sales and a higher median sold price in Missoula this year compared to last year.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Oct 20

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 10/20/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Oct 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- In going to Cal-poly this weekend the Montana Grizzlies face a Mustangs team that has one of the most explosive rushing attacks in the country. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 20

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with an Independent film or a fundraiser. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 20

Jobs this week: A Medical Billing Specialist, Public Works Director, Residential House Cleaner, Night Auditor and Housekeepers, CDL Drivers/Laborers, A wine barrel Production Technician and more!... more

My Bad: I’m the King of Inappropriate

By BOB WIRE- Who among us has not said something extremely inappropriate in a setting full of horrified witnesses? I should have a mantel full of trophies for that shit.... more

Liz Marchi: Operating Without a Plan

By LIZ MARCHI - Defining purpose. That’s how I always started any endeavor. Why are we doing it, what does it look like when it’s a success? ... more

Trying The Podcast Route And Addressing FCS Issues

By JIM O'DAY - I was recently approached to do some podcasts on topics and issues pertaining to Division I athletics, and particularly, the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.... more

What Are You Cookin’ up for Crocktober Fest?

By ERIN TURNER- Time to pull out the crockpot for 'CROCKTOBER Fest'. Cooking in a crockpot offers the benefits of convenience and ease. Here are a couple of 'must make' crockpot recipes. ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Oct 13

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 10/6/14. Brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Oct 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Saturday, October 18, marks the 28th anniversary of the opening of Washington Grizzly Stadium before a crowd of some 8,000 as the Griz beat Idaho State 38-31.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 13

Check out the various bands and live music all over town sprinkled with an occasional farmers market and fundraisers. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 13

Jobs this week: A Plant Operations / Customer Service Specialist, Program Manager, Graveyard Supervisor, Service Writer, Certified Welder, Budget Analyst and more!... more

Monte Dolack: Painting On Location

By MONTE DOLACK-As a first year student at Montana State, I remember a painting and drawing class I had in the spring of 1969 that included a field trip away from the stuffy classroom.... more