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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The Complete Works of William Shakespreare (Abridged) Opens March 10

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Valley Reaches Milestone, Lady Griz Cruise

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Hot Shooting Griz Burn T-Birds 86-53

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Is It Done Yet?

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6th Annual Winter Brewfest Comes to Caras Park

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Schillinger Returns Home as Safeties Coach at UM

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Hornets Rally to Defeat Griz

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Lady Griz Hold Off Hornets

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Dungeness Crab Arancini

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Grizzlies Announce Incoming Class of 2016

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Running in Missoula

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Lady Griz Back Home For Hornets, Vikings

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Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 1

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Winter Carnival at Marshall Mountain Feb 6

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 1

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Griz Win 11th Straight Brawl of the Wild

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Snickerdoodles

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To Stay Put or Uproot? SPACE ODDITY

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Griz Face Cats on Saturday

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Lady Griz Fall to Bobcats in Bozeman

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2016 Hunting & Fishing Licenses On Sale Monday With Change In Fees

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30 Day Declutter Challenge

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Start Your Marketing Calendar

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 25

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Lightning Strikes Again, Lady Griz Lose in Final Second

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Vandals Snap Grizzlies’ Win Streak

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Vandals Shoot Their Way Past Lady Griz

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Griz Set to Host Old Foes Idaho and E. Washington

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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Donates
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Zim’s Chili

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Independent Film Festival Returns to Polson

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Hiring Entry Level People and (Gasp) Millennials

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Griz Football Team Finalizes 2016 Schedule

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Lady Griz On The Road This Week

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Fresh Alaskan Halibut with Savory Sauce

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Liz Marchi: Sleep

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Breunig Named BigSky Player of the Week

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The Future of Whole Person Care: How to Better Manage Serious Illness

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Valley on Initial Big Sky MVP Watch List

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 18

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Griz Finish Strong at UND to Remain Undefeated in Big Sky

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Buzzer-Beater Gives North Dakota 61-59

By JOEL CARLSON- It was just the third home loss to a Big Sky Conference opponent for the Lady Griz since the start of the 2012-13 season and N Dakota its first win at Dahlberg Arena in six tries.... more

Make it Matter: The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center

By WILL SCHULTZ - Established in 1986, The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, or JRPC, is Volunteer Missoula's Organization of the Month!... more

Griz Grind Out 73-66 Win at Northern Colorado

By ERIC TABER - Though Montana led the game from whistle to whistle, it took a Michael Oguine three-pointer in the final minutes to win 73-66 over Northern Colorado in Big Sky play.... more

Lady Griz Shut down Bears, Win 58-46

By JOEL CARLSON- (PHOTO GALLERY) Montana got 20 points from Kayleigh Valley and stayed on the heels of the Big Sky Conference leaders with a 58-46 victory over Northern Colorado Thursday night.... more

Give Us This Day

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Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

By MARK RIFFEY - Word of mouth business and referrals come from handling problems gracefully.... more

Griz Seek to Remain Perfect in League on Difficult Road Trip

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies embark on its second Big Sky road trip of the season to play against Northern Colorado and North Dakota State.... more

Lady Griz Back Home For Two Games This Week

By JOEL CARLSON- The Montana women’s basketball team will play a pair of home games this week at Dahlberg Arena against Northern Colorado and North Dakota.... more

Winter Survival is For the Birds

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-One thing that could be a major factor in this weekend's Grizzly basketball home stands are the crowds.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 11

Featured Jobs: A Medical Assistant/Scribe, CNC Plasma/Torch Operator, Car Rental Sales Agent, Store Merchandiser, Car Salesperson, CDL Truck Driver, Assembly Line Worker, and more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 10

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Griz Remain Undefeated at Home with 77-58 Win Over Hornets

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Rally Falls Short, Lady Griz Lose in Overtime

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Holmes Named Defensive Player of the Year

By ERIC TABER - Tyrone Holmes was named the best defensive player in all of FCS football.... more

Location, Location, Location!

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Lady Griz Grind Out 79-58 Victory Over Portland State

By JOEL CARLSON- Montana got its first Big Sky Conference road trip of the season off to a successful start Thursday night, winning 79-58 at Portland State behind Kayleigh Valley’s 29 points.... more

Shooting Hand Remains Hot for Griz in 79-66 Win over Portland State

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies moved to 3-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a lights out shooting performance and stifling second half defense, leading to a 79-66 win over PSU.... more

Tyrone Homes Set For National Awards Banquet

By ERIC TABER-Montana All-American defensive end Tyrone Holmes will travel to Frisco, Texas on Friday for the presentation of the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award.... more

Join Parks and Recreation for Frost Fever Run and
Disc Golf Tourney

Join Parks and Recreation for the 25th anniversary of the Frost Fever Frozen Frolic on Saturday, January 23. ... more

The Veggie Bowl

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Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you prepare your staff to contribute to your company's success?... more

Montana Faces First League Road Games

By JOEL CARLSON- The Montana women’s basketball team will play its first Big Sky Conference road games of the season this week when it travels to Portland State and Sacramento State.... more

Griz Road Sweep Sign of Good Things to Come

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies get set to host their first Big Sky Conference home games of the season this coming Thurs. and Sat. against Portland State and Sac State.... more

Valley Named Big Sky Player of the Week

By JOEL CARLSON - Montana junior forward Kayleigh Valley was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 4

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The Drowsy Chaperone Opens January 21st

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Carousel Closed for Annual Maintenance

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 4

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 4

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Griz Thump Thunderbirds to Pick Up Road Sweep

By ERIC TABER - Montana picked up the sweep of its first BSC road trip of the season on Saturday, defeating Southern Utah 83-66 to follow up on its 90-84, 2OT win at NAU on New Years Eve.... more

Lady Griz Win 66-60 over Southern Utah (Photo Gallery)

By JOEL CARLSON- (Photo Gallery) Montana went 15 rounds with Southern Utah Saturday afternoon and came away with a unanimous decision, winning 66-60 in front of a season-best crowd of 3,024.... more

UM Defeats NAU in Double OT Thriller With Three Point Barrage

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies made 18 three-point shots to break a school record, in a dramatic, come from behind, 90-84 double-overtime victory over NAU in Flagstaff.... more

Lady Griz Win 81-58 in Big Sky Opener

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Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

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Griz and Lumberjacks Open League Play Today at Noon

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Lady Griz Open League With Two Home Games

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Company Goals Need Context

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Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry

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Parks and Recreation To Recycle Christmas Trees

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A Silent Night 100 Years Ago

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That Thing Called Elk Hunting

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Working Linear vs. Parallel

By MARK RIFFEY - What costs do you introduce by solving problems sequentially?... more

Morley Transferring to University of Colorado

By DILLON TABISH - Makena Morley will transfer from Montana to the University of Colorado to compete for one of the best running programs in the nation.... more

Perfect Prime Rib

By CHEF HOWARD KARP-Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to start preparing for your perfect Christmas dinner.... more