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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A Forecast of Shadows

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Fresh Alaskan Halibut

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Western Montana’s River Lovers Brace for Early Runoff

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Organizing Gift Cards in a Binder

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

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

Summer Season Begins in Glacier National Park

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Splash Montana Opens for Lap Swims this Weekend

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Mowing the Grass to Make Some Lettuce

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Grizzlies Announce That All 11 Football Games to be Televised

By MIKE HANSON - University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced on Wednesday that all 11 games of the 2015 football season will be televised.... 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

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By TRACY DARUE- Remember the oat bran craze back in the late 1980s? I was hooked on everything oat bran then, hearing that it was a superfood. And these muffins are gluten-free.... more

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

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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

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

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Celebrate Kids’ Day at the Carousel

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Motivational Words for the Boys of Summer

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Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series Kicks Off

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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Spring Workshops Offered by FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW) is sponsoring several workshops: Firearms Shooting, Muzzle Loading & Primitive Skills, and Nature Journaling.... more

Robots, Rural Small Business and China

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

Downtown Flower Baskets Scheduled To Go Up May 14

By Tom Aldrich for the Missoula Downtown Association Missoula’s beloved Downtown Flower Baskets will be installed this Thursday, May 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A total of 98 baskets will be moved from Pink ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 11

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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

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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

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Register Now for Missoula’s Only Dog-Friendly Fun Run and Pet Expo

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Honey Lime Broiled Salmon with Peanut Sauce

By MANDA HUDAK - Salmon season is underway and here in Montana we are very fortunate to have access to wild Pacific salmon. Here's my recipe for honey lime broiled Salmon with peanut sauce.... 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

Lady Griz Hand Out Annual Awards, Kellie Cole-Rubel Named MVP

Kellie Rubel was named 2015 Most Valuable Player, and Montana’s other two seniors, Maggie Rickman and Carly Selvig, were both double award winners at this week's awards banquet.... more

Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road

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

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Carousel to Host Unusual Track Meet to Kick Off Kids’ Day 2015

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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

Cinco De Mayo: Fiesta Time or Jail Time?

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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

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 4

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 4

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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

Fewer Surplus Nonresident Elk and Deer Hunting Licenses Available

Beginning Monday, May 4, nonresident hunters can choose among Montana's surplus deer, elk and big game combination hunting licenses and purchase them online or the FWP office.... more

Downtown Pianos Debut Public Art Friday, May 1

Four Play It Missoula! community pianos will be painted by local artists in the public’s view during First Friday Gallery Night this Friday, May 1 from 5-8 pm in Downtown Missoula.... more

Amphibians in the Spring

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Breunig & Gregory named Griz Hoops Co-MVPs

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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

Carousel Carvings on Display at Annual Wood Carvers Show, May 2 & 3

The Ponykeepers of A Carousel for Missoula will be letting the chips fall where they may during the Western Montana Wood Carvers Show, May 3 & 4, at the Missoula Fairgrounds.... 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

Glacier Park Plows Within Two Miles of Logan Pass

By JUSTIN FRANZ - Plow crews on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road are within sight of Logan Pass.... more

Girls Empowerment Program Seeks Summer Participants

YWCA Missoula’s GUTS (Girls Using Their Strengths)! program is looking for girls age 9 – 18 to fill Summer Outdoor Adventure trips.... 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

Softball Splits Doublheader Against Portland State

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Griz Track & Field: Griz Drop Both Duals to Bobcats

By JOEL CARLSON-The Montana track and field teams dropped both matchups to Montana State in the annual Griz-Cat Dual Saturday at Dornblaser Field in Missoula.... more

Big Sky Basketball Tournaments Heading to Reno

The men's and women's BSC postseason basketball tournaments are headed to Reno. The Big Sky and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced a three-year agreement.... more

Internationally Renowned Barbara Wold in Missoula for Business Workshops May 7-8

The Missoula Downtown Association presents Barbara Wold. An expert in retail sales and tourism, Wold will hold three business development workshops and a keynote luncheon May 7 & 8th.... 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

Missoula Art Museum: American Abstract Artists June 5 – August 29

In 1997 American Abstract Artists donated 40 prints to MAM, and a portion of this remarkable portfolio was exhibited. For the first time, MAM is thrilled to show all 40 prints. The Exhibit runs June 5-Aug. 29... 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

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 20

Jobs this week: A Program Coordinator for a transitional housing program, Assistant Travel Counselor, Case Manager, Sales and Services Coordinator, Shipping & Receiving Clerk, and More!... more

LUNAFEST Film Festival: Supporting Women Filmmakers and YWCA GUTS Program

The LUNAFEST Film Festival returns to the Wilma Theater, May 7, at 7pm. LUNAFEST Supports Women Filmmakers and the YWCA GUTS! Girls Leadership Program.... more

International Wildlife Film Festival April 18-25, 2015

Missoula plays host to the highly anticipated International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) from April 18-25 at Missoula’s newly restored Roxy Theater.... more

Celebrate the Carousel’s 20th Birthday on Kids’ Day, May 23

Each year, the Carousel offers free rides on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend as a birthday gift to the community. Extra activities are planned for this year's 20th Birthday party.... more

Frisee Salad, Welsh Rarebit Crouton, Vinaigrette

By JONATHON HARTIG - For this salad I've incorporated a couple of local Flathead Valley beers. I encourage you to experiment with your own favorite local brews! ... more

Buggin’ Out for the Butterfly House

BY BOB WIRE- When a friend from the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium asked me if I'd be interested in helping them with a fund raising project, I said yes, on one condition....... more

Hanson Hired as Next Montana Assistant AD for Communications

Mike Hanson has been hired as the school’s new Assistant Athletic Director of Communications to replace Dave Guffey, who will retire after 37 years with the department.... more

The Hardest Part of Helping A Business

By MARK RIFFEY - There are a lot of rewards that come with helping businesses improve beyond what they expected.... more

Sign the Kiddos up for Summer Camp at the Missoula Kids Camp Expo

Come to the 4th Annual Missoula Kids Camp Expo Saturday, Apr. 18th from 1-4 pm. Sign the kids up for camp at one of 20 Missoula summer camp and children’s Activity providers. ... more

Public Invited to Learn About Downtown Two-Way Traffic Plan

Learn more about the City's study to convert Front and Main Streets back to two-way traffic; TONIGHT Tues., April 14, at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 140 W. Pine St.... more

Prepare for the Fair: Workshops Available for the April 21 Career Fair

Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair happens only once a year. With close to 100 employers looking for workers, it’s worth it to prepare now for the April 21 event.... more

Believe It, Spring is Here

By BRUCE AUCHLY - If your world collapses absent skiing, or snowmobiling, I’ll attend your pity party. That’s because spring is here, and the signs surround us. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 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

Missoula Community Theatre Closes Season With
Shrek The Musical

The Missoula Community Theatre is closing out the 2014-15 season with a blockbuster show for the whole family! Shrek The Musical runs May 1-3, 6-10 and 13-17.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 13

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 13

Jobs this week: A Warehouse/Delivery Person, Infant/Toddler Teacher, Bank Teller, Custodian, Residential Cleaners, Live-in Hotel Manager, and More!... more

Gustafson Shines in Grizzlies’ Spring Game in Helena

Quarterback Brady Gustafson threw four touchdown passes to lead the way for the Montana Grizzlies in their annual Spring game Saturday afternoon in Helena.... more

Don’t Ignore the Small Stuff

By Clay Springmeyer - We've been trained as a society to tough out minor injuries. But ignoring seemingly minor injuries can mean trouble. Instead, consider physical therapy.... more

Griz Conclude Spring Drills with Scrimmage in Helena Saturday, April 11

The UM Grizzly football team wraps up its 2015 spring drills this Saturday, April 11, in its annual Spring Game in Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium in Helena.... more

Liz Marchi: Give Me Patience for Parents

By LIZ MARCHI - I am flying back to Bozeman after spending two weeks with my Mom and Dad and family in Alabama. I am so conflicted about them these days. ... more

Monte Dolack: Color, Light and Landscape

By MONTE DOLACK-After many years of painting with both oils and acrylics I find myself viewing the world and especially the landscape in descriptive terms of the colors on my painting palette.... more

Plumbing? Let Me Get My Snorkel

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Pubic Invited to Open House for Fort Missoula Regional Park

Citizens are invited to an open house to learn more about the plan for Fort Missoula Regional Park (FMRP) on Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Missoula Children’s Theater.... more

Folf (Disc Golf) in the Parks Starts April 7 at Silver Park

Join Parks and Recreation and the Garden City Flyers for a free, family-friendly round of Disc Golf April 7 at Silver Park.... more

Sales That Hide From You

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you find hidden sales in your prospect list? How do you know when lead is no longer interested in buying? How do you know when they are ready to buy? ... more

How To Save Money While Stocking Your Pantry

By ERIN TURNER - People ask us all the time for advice on how to stock up on essential pantry items. They assume we have a Costco membership and buy everything in bulk.... more

You’re a Stand Up Person: You Deserve a Stand Up Desk

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER- Regular exercise and eating right isn’t enough to abolish the detrimental health effects of prolonged butt-resting. If your job requires a lot of sitting, consider getting a standup desk.... more

The Missoula YMCA Hosts Healthy Kids Day, Saturday April 11

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 6

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Insane Inflatable 5K Race Coming to Missoula on May 2, 2015

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March Madness: Fly Fishing in Missoula, Montana (VIDEO)

By TONY REINHARDT-To most folks March Madness is all about filling out your bracket and the build up to the Final Four. But it means something entirely different to the avid anglers here in Missoula.... more

Travelodge Blues

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How To Build a Follow Up System

By MARK RIFFEY - It’s important to develop a system of consistently following up with your clients. A system can all but eliminate the cracks.... more

An Easter Tradition: Challah

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Should I Stay or Should I Go: Evacuations in Missoula County

By NICK HOLLOWAY - During an emergency or a disaster, your family may need to evacuate to a safe location. Take the time now to learn what to do to keep your family safe. ... more

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Asparagus

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - This picture-perfect dish really turned out to be a crowd pleaser.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | March 30

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 Public Schools Get a Spark of Creativity

By MATT ANGLEN - SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning is a new program making great strides in our community. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 30

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Spring Cleanup: Street Cleaning Starts Tuesday March 31

FYI: The City of Missoula Street Maintenance Division will begin its street cleaning schedule on Tuesday, March 31. Check out the neighborhood map and schedule here.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 30

Jobs this week: Case Manger RN, Window Cleaner, Real-Estate Loan Originator, Janitor, Research Assistant, Bookkeeper and more!... more

2015 Peacemakers: Kathi and Glenn “Woody” Wood

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center & The Missoula Peace Quilters announces the 2015 Peacemakers: Kathi and Glenn “Woody” Wood. ... more

Griz Look Solid on Both Sides of the Ball in Second Spring Scrimmage

The offense showed improvement and the defense was once again stellar, as the Grizzlies held their second scrimmage of 2015 spring drills. ... more

Deadline for 2015 Griz FB Season Ticket Discount is April 1st

Grizzly football season ticket holders are reminded that the deadline for the discounted season ticket renewal opportunity is just a few days away. ... more

Mr. Wire Goes to Helena

BY BOB WIRE- Everyone complains about our government. So this week I went to see Helena to see what the hell was going on there, and how I could help straighten things out.... more

Everyone Can Sell, If you Train Them

By MARK RIFFEY - Sales taining matters--for everyone and on every shift. Here's why--you do the math.... more