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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MCT’s Performing Arts Camp 2015: Booking it on Broadway–A Novel Review

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Nicoise Salad

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Mom Help: 16 Things to Prepare for Your Hospital Stay

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Missoula Job Service Hosts Mini Job Fairs

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Liz Marchi: Wiring

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Missoula – A River Runs Through It

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 27

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This Baby Will Make Three

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Tips for Fishing Through the Hoot Owl Restrictions

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No Customers Beyond This Point

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Griz Picked to Finish Third in 2015 BSC Preseason Poll

The University of Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish third in 2014 Big Sky Conference preseason polls by both the media and the league coaches the conference announced today.... more

Whitewater Kayaking – Taking That Next Step

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Griz Land Four Players on Preseason All-Conference Teams

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana Grizzlies have landed two offensive players and two defensive players on the Big Sky Conference all-league teams announced today.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 20

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 20

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Missoula Police Emphasize Pedestrian Crossing Safety

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 20

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BIKEapalooza Kicks Off Sunday Streets Missoula

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Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival is July 25

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10 Heavenly Montana Hikes West of the Continental Divide

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On the Grill: Backyard Stir Fry

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Kidsfest 2015 Slated for July 28 at Caras Park

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Junkpole Fence: Freaky Cheap Chicken/Deer Fence

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What Do You Do About Bad Competitors?

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Walk With A Doc This Thursday at McCormick Park

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 13

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Reports of Swimmer’s Itch Prompts Fish, Wildlife and Parks Advisory

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MCT Announces Free Kids’ Celebration Friday, July 24th

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 13

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 13

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 13

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Busiest June on Record in Glacier Park

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DQ Ice Cream Tokens Donated to Missoula Police Department

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UM and Root Sports Announce Fall Start Times

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Hal’s Walk Dedication Set for July 10

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Peach Pie and Pecan Crumble

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Filling Cracks With Automation and Metrics

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Lady Griz Fans Do it Again, Rank in Top 40 in Nation for Attendance

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Summer Workshop August 7-9

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Public Invited to Grant Creek Trail Grand Opening This Thursday

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Beat The Heat Roll-Up Snack

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Trout in Hot Water

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

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 6

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 6

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 6

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Montana Tops League in Academic All-Big Sky Conference Selections

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Head Out to the Ball Game for the Helmet Giveaway!

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City Plans Fireworks Law Enforcement, Asks for Citizen Cooperation

By TRAVISH WELSH - City leaders ask for cooperation from citizens to help keep Missoula safe in a period of extremely dry and hot weather during the Independence Day holiday.... more

Gazpacho of the Americas

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - Summer has come to Montana with scorching temperatures that are making chilled soups from the bounty of summer gardens even more enticing.... more

Football Season Tickets On Sale Starting Monday

Fans wishing to purchase season tickets for the 2015 Montana football schedule, which includes home games againstNorth Dakota State and EWU, can do so beginning Monday, July 6.... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

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Good Metrics, Better Metrics

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

This Fourth of July, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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

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City Imposes Stage 1 Fire Reststrictions Bans All Fireworks

Fire Danger moved to EXTREME on Monday and Stage 1 fire restrictions have been imposed prohibiting use of fire or open flame, including campfires, smoking and the use of fireworks.... more

The Missoula Community Theatre 2015-16 Season on Sale July 1st

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Leave Young Wildlife Where You Find Them

By TOM PALMER - Remember this advice if you see newborn wild animals: "If you care, leave them there." Do not move or attempt to feed newborn wildlife.... more

Liz Marchi: Maintenance

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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

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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

Keep Cool, Stay Safe This Weekend With Parks and Recreation

Missoula Parks and Recreation offers lots of options to safely beat the heat this weekend including Splash, Currents, 4 splash decks and 2 neighborhood spray pools.... more

Summer Forecast has FWP Keeping Close Watch on Streams

By JOLEEN TADEJ - With high temperatures and depleted snowpack runoff, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is gearing up now to protect fish from stress of low flows and elevated water temperatures.... more

Bruschetta of Cherry Tomatoes

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - What you end up with is a refreshing and delicious dish that will make you say 'ahhhhhhh'... more

It’s Summertime in Montana

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Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Playground Improvements

Missoula Parks and Rec invites citizens to learn more about and comment on "Operation Playground Build- proposed improvements at 10 city playgrounds.... more

Seven Grizzlies Named to USA College Football FCS Preseason All-America Team

By ERIC TABER-Seven Grizzlies named to USA College Football FCS Preseason All-America Team; Jones tops list, earning second team nod at Wide Receiver. ... more

The Importance of Performance Metrics

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

Stop and Appreciate the Songbirds

By BRUCE AUCHLY - There is something about songbirds this time of year that can catch the ear, eye and heart of even the most preoccupied person.... 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

Brisk Sales for Nonresident Big Game Combo Hunting Licenses

By TOM PALMER - Montana's surplus nonresident elk and deer combination hunting licenses for this fall are selling at a brisk pace.... 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

15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run

The 15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run, slated for Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, will feature over 200 classic and hot rod cars.... more

Griz Track and Field Program Adds Eight Newcomers

By JOEL CARLSON-The Montana men’s track and field program signed eight athletes to National Letters of Intent over the last two months during the NCAA’s signing period that began April 15.... more

Broadway Star Eden Espinosa Presents a Benefit Performance for MCT’s Next Step Prep

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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

Own Your Own “Paint” Carousel Pony or “Scafti” the Dragon

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Liz Marchi: Digital Detox

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Chilled Yellow Corn Soup

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Walk With a Doc This Thursday

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

Manners Matter – How to Share Western Montana Rivers

By JOLEEN TADEJ - It's still easy to have a great summer experience on Montana's rivers. The key is river etiquette, a mix of common sense, courtesy, and respect.... more

Quest for Land: My Advice for Permies and Homesteaders
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Park Service to Open Iconic Sun Road On Glacier’s West Side

By DILLON TABISH - Summer is Here! The National Park Service announced Wednesday that the Going-to-the-Sun Road, is expected to fully open on the west side on Thurs., June 11.... more

Motorists Hauling Watercraft Must Stop at AIS Inspection Stations

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Tips for dealing with a Rattlesnake Bite: Quick Tips to Save a Life

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The Care and Feeding of Leads

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Filet of Beef Grilled in Coffee Beans With a Velvet Chili Sauce

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 8

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Splash Montana Water Park Open Daily Beginning June 12

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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

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

Play It Missoula! Downtown Pianos Delivered Friday, June 5

Three Play It Missoula! pianos will be delivered to Downtown locations this Friday, June 5, 2015 for First Friday festivities. You gotta check em out!... 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

Parks and Trails Bond Playgrounds Open House Slated for June 10

By BECKY GOODRICH-Plan to attend Missoula Parks & Recreations's Open House to learn more about 11 new or improved City playgrounds which are part of the 2014 Parks and Trails Bond project.... more

Of River Bondage

By ROB BREEDING- There are many variations of the old saying, “You can judge the true character of a society by the way it treats its …” My rendition: ..."by the way it treats its rivers".... 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