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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Auditions for Elf The Musical at Missoula Community Theatre

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4 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Business

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Brain Injury Alliance of Montana’s Inaugural Big Sky Chalenge Hike Aug 25th

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Seven Griz Receive Preseason Honors From Phil Steele Magazine

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Mount Sentinel to Close Monday due to Extreme Fire Danger

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Stage II Fire Restrictions to Begin Friday on City Open Space

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The Self-Managing Business

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New Bay Sweet Potato Fries

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

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Liz Marchi: Summer on the Ranch

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Buss Named Preseason STATS first Team All-American

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Tickets Available Now For Griz Awards Banquet

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Audition for Sister Act

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Affordable Housing Area For Missoula On The Way

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Keeping Vigilant on Protecting Montana’s Waterways

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Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Salad

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Horseradish and the Pursuit of Perfect

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Registration Open for the Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala

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Sheep Return to City Open Space, Pet Owners Required to Leash Dogs Near Herd

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Hauck Adds Three to Griz Roster

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Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Launch June 6 & 7

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Fatkin to Join Lady Griz

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Summer Guide to Skiing the Beartooth Pass – Where the Locals Ski, Eat & Sleep

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Graduation Weekened Means Diploma and Pro Contract For Krslovic

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Smell Makes Cents

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“Bears of Durango” Triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

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MCT’s 7th Annual Adapted Performance

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

Boat Carrying Zebra Mussels Stopped at Anaconda Inspection Station

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Getting Started, Part One

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

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Make Montana Home

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Too Much Water?

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Unmet Needs

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Chicken Piri Piri

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Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

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Death Over Dinner

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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

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Ask Questions While The Answers Still Matter, Part 1

By MARK RIFFEY - Timely questions can save a client relationship and pay years of dividends to your business.... more

I’m Not in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - What can you do to protect yourself, your parents, or others who may be considering a reverse mortgage?... 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

Griz Legend Brent Pease Returns to UM Coaching Staff

By ERIC TABER - Head Coach Bobby Hauck welcomes back Griz legend Brent Pease to his staff to serve as the assistant head coach and receivers coach.... 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

Dickenson to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

By ERIC TABER - On Monday, the National Football Foundation announced that Dickenson will be immortalized as one of the greatest college football players of all time.... more

Handel’s Julius Caesar February 9-11th

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Oguine Scores 39 in Gutsy Road Win

By NICK HALLISEY- Montana produced its gutsiest win of the season on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a first-half deficit to beat Portland State, 92-89.... more

DeCuire Picks Up 1st Win At Sac State, Grizzlies Alone Atop Big Sky Standings

By NICK HALLISEY-For the first time in four tries, Travis DeCuire and his Montana basketball team defeated Sacramento State on the road, knocking off the Hornets, 78-66.... more

Legendary Missoula Organizations Support Skilled Workers

Western Montana Lighting and The Silver Foundation come together to support non-traditional students seeking education in the trade industries.... more

Impossible Pie

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Liz Marchi: 2018

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Parks and Recreation Sponsors Christmas Ever-Green Tree Recycling Program

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Planning 2018 Got You Wrapped Around The Axle?

By MARK RIFFEY - How to find two hours a day of quiet time to get your 2018 planning finished.... more

Montana Falls at Washington in Heartbreaker

By NICK HALLISEY - Montana had opportunities to earn its second signature win of the season but came up just short on Friday evening, falling to the Washington Huskies, 66-63.... more

Plan a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

By TRAVIS WELSH-Remember to play it safe this holiday season and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin.... more

Liz Marchi: The Times of Our Lives

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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Hauck’s Coaching Contract Has Incentives for Wins, Grades

Montana football coach Bobby Hauck’s contract has a base salary of $185,000, with incentives for student-athlete grades, graduation rates and wins.... more

Headspace, Creativity and Cartooning

By MARK RIFFEY - The blank slate is a challenge. But why?... more

Hauck Returns as Grizzly Mentor

By ERIC TABER - Director of Athletics Kent Haslam has named former Grizzly head coach Bobby Hauck as the 37th head football coach at the University of Montana.... more

Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

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

Montana Fights Past Whitworth for Season-Opening Victory

By ERIC TABER - Montana opened its 2017-18 basketball season on Friday evening, pulling away from a scrappy Whitworth team, 72-60, at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Bird Hunter Shoots, Kills Charging Grizzly Near Front

By BRUCE AUCHLY - A pheasant hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear Nov. 4 near Pendroy along the Rocky Mountain Front that charged him.... more

Defense Wins the Day for Montana

By ERIC TABER - Montana struggled offensively all game long, but picked up a huge upset win again NAU that kept its playoff hopes alive thanks to a standout defensive effort.... more

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Willy Wonka Kids

Get Your lucky tickets for Willy Wonka Kids--playing Nov. 10-11 at MCT.... more

Selling Someone Else’s Products

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Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 21

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Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

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Parks & Recreation Offers Variety of Fall Programs

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12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival Set for November 3rd

By ERIC TABER - The 12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival scheduled for Friday, Nov, 3rd, at the Adams Center.... more

Offense Rolls in Season-Opening Victory

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Accepting Change – How Can You Help?

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Fall Camp Closes With Special Visit from Griz Legend

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Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

Finding Big Opportunities in Big Sky Country

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MCT’s Fall Season of Fun for Kids!

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Roots Fest Slated for August 25-26

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Blueberry Pie with French Toast Crust

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Work, Caring, And Filtering Employers

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Over 100 Players to Compete in Regional Pickeball Tournament

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Griz Open Camp August 6

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The World of Broadway at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts

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By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana athletics department is connecting with the youth in Missoula, announcing on Wednesday several initiatives to engage with young fans.... more