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,



All 12 Griz Football Games in 2014 to be Televised

All 12 of The University of Montana’s football games in 2014 will onc... more

Monte Dolack: Nature of Art

By MONTE DOLACK-My personal creative and restorative touchstone to natu... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 7/21/14-- brought... more

Volunteers Needed to Help Install All-Abilities Playground

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Due to some last-minute changes in the construction schedule, volunteers are needed to help install the new All Abilities Playground later this week.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 21

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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 21

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-This fall the Montana Grizzly football team will face a lot of first-year head coaches. Four of the Grizzly’s first 6 games will be against teams with new head coaches.... more

Budget Friendly Fruit Fly Killer

By ERIN TURNER-Love having the fruit sitting out for a quick walk-by snack for the kids but hate the the fruit flies? Here's a sure-fire and frugal way of killing them:... more

Single Game Tickets for the 2014 Season go on Sale July 21

Single game tickets for the University of Montana’s 2014 football season home games will go on sale Monday, July 21 at the Adams Center Box Office. ... more

Rock the Hood: ZACC puts the ART in Block pARTy

By MATT ANGLEN-I love block parties. There’s something about sipping a beer and eating food from a truck in the middle of a normally busy street that just screams freedom.... more

Do the Right Thing

By ROB BREEDING - The fish that were in Montana first are worthy of our best conservation efforts.... more

Peach Pie and Pecan Crumble

BY CHEF HOWARD KARP-For the short time while peaches are in season, this recipe might just become your favorite fruit dessert, especially with this ultimate crumble-top.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 7/15/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Griz Picked to Finish Second in Both Preseason Polls

The Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish second in the 2014 Big Sky Conference preseason polls by both the league coaches and media.... more

Five Griz Named to Preseason All-league Team; Wagenmann Vote Defensive MVP

By DAVE GUFFEY - Montana had five players named to the 2014 Big Sky Conference preseason all-league teams and one player tabbed the preseason MVP on defense.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 14

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Griz fans will be conflicted on which game to attend on Feb 29th--when Larry Krystiowiak’s Utah UTES take on Wayne Tinkle's OSU Beavers. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 14

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 July 14

Jobs this week: A Warehouse /Parts runner, Substitute Teacher for Pre-Kindergarten student, Environmental/Housekeeping Director, Dispatch Assistant/Carrier Developer and more.... more

Families Invited to play All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park

Missoula Parks & Rec is teaming up with the All-Abilities Playground Project to host free baseball games for people with and without disabilities on 7/19 and 8/2.... more

It’s Hot Outside: How Animals Cope With the Heat

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Tales and Trails is a twice monthly natural history column. This week's topic: How animals cope with hot weather. If they don’t stay cool, they die.... more

I Love Me Some Grass

By BOB WIRE- Ahhh the final glory days of a nice, green lawn. The current heat wave will surely have our yards as crispy as hash browns from the back of the griddle by the end of July.... more

Zack Wagenmann Named to 2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Zack Wagenmann is one of 20 players who has been named to the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award (Football Championship Subdivision’s defensive player of the year) Watch List.... more

20 Tips for Staying Cool and Saving Money in the Summer

By PAUL WHEATON-It’s hot! So it is perfect timing to talk about how to stay cool on the cheap – both long term and short term. Here are 20 tips on staying cool this summer and saving money too.... more

Vote With Your Fork

By KRISTEN LEE-CHARLSON - One of our very core rights as human beings is challenged in this country on a daily basis. That is the freedom to choose the food(s) that we wish to raise, buy and consume.... more

Consistency is Critical to Repeat and Word-of-Mouth Business

By MARK RIFFEY - What inconsistencies can you address to increase repeat and word of mouth business?... more

The Missoula Arts & Culture Scene – Week of July 7/7

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 7/7/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Summer Dry Fly Season in Missoula

By TONY REINHARDT - It seems that we have gone from spring to summer overnight in Missoula and the fly fishing transition has happened just as quickly--now is the time to get into the river.... more

Jordan Johnson Named to 2014 Payton Watch List

University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson has been named to the 2014 Walter Payton Award Watch List, The Sports Network announced today (Monday, July 7).... more

FWP, Anglers Work Together to End Illegal fish Introductions

Montana fisheries officials and major statewide angling groups signed an agreement recently aimed at curbing the spread of illegal fish introductions into state waters.... more

Healthy, Frugal Spinach Smoothies

By ERIN TURNER-I’ve had lots of people asking me for my recipe for Green Smoothies. Since spinach season is at its peak right now, I thought I'd share my recipe.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 7

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 July 7

This Week's Jobs: An Executive Director of a non-profit, Marketing/Development Director, Human Resource Coordinator, Chinking & Staining Laborer, Delivery Driver, Nusery Worker & More.... more

Things To Do In Las Vegas When You’re Dead

By BOB WIRE-Broke, that is. Dead broke. I think we are all familiar enough with Sin City's over-the-top entertainment torrent to know that there is no end to the list of stuff to do in Las Vegas.... more

Helen McAuslan: The Kent State Paintings

On loan from the Museum of the Rockies, these important paintings were produced following the Kent State tragedy by Montana artist Helen McAuslan.... more

Roasted Pepper Grilling Sauce

An alternative to the traditional Argentinean Chimichurri sauce for grilling this summer, this recipe has become my favorite Spanish summer sauce to use for grilled meats, fish and vegetables.... more

Busy Business Owners Have No Time

By MARK RIFFEY - The average CEO says they only spend about 25% of their day doing what they feel is meaningful work. Does that sound like your typical work day?... more

Garden City Brew Unveiled July 10; Benefits WORD

The Missoula County Tavern Owners Association as well as four local breweries are pleased to announce the next Garden City Community Brew-- Lemon Lager brewed by Big Sky Brewing Company. ... more

Henderson & Wagenmann Named to Preseason All-America Team

By DAVE GUFFEY - The University of Montana’s Ellis Henderson and Zack Wagenmann were both named to The Sports Network’s 2014 preseason All-America second team.... more

Missoula Police Crack Down On DUI Over The Holiday

Missoula Police and Montana Highway Patrol officers will be out in force over the long holiday weekend to aggressively target drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.... more

Entire Sun Road Expected to Open by Holiday Weekend

The entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by this weekend, allowing access to Logan Pass.... more

Missoula to Host Regional Firefighter Combat Challenge July 4-5

The Missoula Combat Challenge Team, holding two World Championships and the current team World Record, will be hosting a regional competition in Missoula July 4th and 5th in Downtown Missoula.... more

July Courses at the Glacier Institute

The Glacier Institute has announced it’s July courses, which will get you outside and enjoying the Flathead!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 30

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 June 30

This Week's Jobs: An Archivist, Volunteer Coordinator, Machinist, Paralegal, Delivery Driver/loader and a Deli Supervisor.... more

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Summer Workshop August 1-3

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman summer workshop is set for August 1-3 at Boulder Hot Springs near Boulder.... more

Let’s Talk About Toilet Paper

By BOB WIRE-We're talking about toilet paper. I won't even get into that whole "over vs. under" issue. That's a passionate holy war akin to the Mac vs PC debate. A little toilet paper cultural history here:... more

How to Eat Local & Stay Healthy

By KRISTEN LEE-CHARLSON -Eating local means contributing to the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves th... more

Miso Glazed Ahi Tuna

By JAMIE LIPHARDT - After procuring some sushi grade ahi tuna, I decided that indeed, Asian was the flavor profile I was in the mood for.... more

Help Them Produce Their Best Work

By MARK RIFFEY - No matter what business you’re in and what summer does to your workload – summer is a great time to implement improvements that help your staff produce their best work.... more

City of Missoula Serious About Fireworks Enforcement

The use of most fireworks in the city of Missoula is illegal, and City leaders are serious about enforcement.... more

Chilled Yellow Corn Soup

By CHEF HOWARD KARP-Perfect for summertime get togethers and family style dinners, here’s a refreshing and tasty chilled soup that presents well with striking colorful garnishments.... more

Lady Griz To Be Tested Early in 2014-15

By JOEL CARLSON-After opening at home against Montana Western on Nov. 17, Montana will play 3 of its next 4 games on the road against teams that advanced to the WNIT in March.... more

Business is Personal: Even Black Cats Need a Reason Why

By MARK RIFFEY - I didn’t do a Friday the 13th promo last week. Did you? There are all kind of reasons to do a promotion, but they are more productive if there’s a reason behind them – even if the reason ... more

Garden City River Rod Run to Celebrate 50 Years of the Ford Mustang

The 14th Annual Garden City River Rod Run will celebrate 50 Years of the Ford Mustang in Caras Park, Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. ... more

Rain and Birds

By BRUCE AUCHLY-Rain, rain and more rain. Oh yes, and snow in the mountains. Must be June in Montana. While all that moisture is good for fish, it can wreak havoc on land based critters, like birds.... more

No. 1 Big Sky Men’s Athlete: Montana’s Dave Dickenson

By JON KASPER - A few blocks north of the oil refinery in a middle-class neighborhood, he was bound to be playing sports.One day it was football, the next basketball or baseball. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 23

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 June 23

This Week's Jobs: A foreign Car Auto technician, CNC machine operator, Direct Support Professionals, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Preschool teacher and full & part-time Caregivers. ... more

Staying Motivated And Avoiding Coupon Burnout

By ERIN TURNER- Have you hit burn out in your couponing? Does the thought of clipping another coupon cause you to have a melt down? ... more

Prevent Conflicts With Bears

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Here are some tips from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that will help in preparing for bear-safe outings this summer.... more

DeCuire Announces Griz Basketball Coaching Staff

By DAVE GUFFEY - First-year University of Montana men’s basketball mentor Travis DeCuire has selected his assistant coaches, he announced today (Thursday, June 19).... more

Local Artists and Missoula Food Bank Partner for Hunger Awareness

Empty Bowls, Full Souls is an annual hunger-awareness event hosted by Missoula Food Bank. This year’s event will take place at Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery on Wednesday, June 25 from 6-8pm. ... more

Bob Wire’s On the Course. FORE!

By BOB WIRE - Like a lot of men, I enjoy doing things that I’m not very good at. Like golf. I’ve played since high school, but never enough to get to the point where I’m consistently breaking 80.... more

Frugal Foodie: Intentional Leftovers

By KRISTEN LEE-CHARLSON - In times of economic struggles, often people cut their food budget, sacrificing the pleasure and fulfillment of true nourishment. But you don't have to.... more

What to do About Workplace Washout?

By CHERY SABOL - Most everyone has encountered an underachiever. These are the bounced checks of the work force. The Missoula Job service offers three ways to avoid them.... more

Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys/Two Bit Franks

By LORL PARR - The Ruby Jewel Jamboree, once again bringing the premiere bluegrass of Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys to Missoula on July 7, at 7PM at Ruby’s Inn on Reserve. ... more

New High Tech Company Opens in Missoula

Metals US, a Montana-based company with a sustainable metals processing technology, today announced that it will be headquartered in Missoula, Mont. The technology company offers cost effective and sustainab... more

Keep Backyards Bear Resistant

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Bear activity is picking up in many Montana neighborhoods and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking residents to keep bear attractants contained.... more

Partners in Business and Life

By LIZ MARCHI -In partnerships in business and life, don’t let yourself be emotionally sabotaged by someone you can’t count on. Move on, find your people and be productive.... more

World’s Largest Swim Lesson Event at Splash Montana This Friday

This Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of participants from hundreds of locations are teaming up to help prevent childhood drowning by spreading the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.... more

Ten Can’t-Miss Events in the Flathead This Summer

By MOLLY PRIDDY - Here’s a list of 10 of the most-popular events in the Flathead in the summer, so mark your calendar before it fills up.... more

As Movie Premiers, Cut Bank Readies for the Spotlight

By JUSTIN FRANZ-The small Hi-Line community of Cut Bank is bracing for its 15 minutes of fame as a feature length film of the same name is due to premier on June 16 at the Los Angeles Film Festival. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 16

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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 16

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Sometimes a coaching change leads to immediate improvement, but for the Grizzlies it’s been a mixed blessing with the last 3 Griz football coaches having fewer wins in their first sea... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 16

This Week's Jobs: A Delivery Driver, Store Supervisor, Plastic Fabricator, Retail Positions, and four Retail Associates including Sales, Cashier, a Merchandise Processor and a Pricer.... more

Hall Finishes 7th in NCAA Hepthalon Finals and Earns All-American Status

By JOEL CARLSON-Montana senior Lindsey Hall capped her record-setting career with a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon Friday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, OR.... more

Registration Open for Mollie Summer Adventures for kids and +50 Grandparents

Register now for MOLLI Summer Adventures Grandparent/Grandchild Camp will taking place on Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25.... more

Ladder Golf, the Latest in One-Handed Sports

By BOB WIRE - It’s called ladder golf, and it is to white trash what polo is to the filthy rich. And I am hooked.... more

Cate No. 1 on Big Sky’s “25 Greatest Athletes” List

By JOEL CARLSON - Shannon Cate ranks No. 1 on the Big Sky Conference’s list of “25 Greatest Female Athletes,” but she needs some convincing.... more

Hall 10th After Opening Day at Nationals

By JOEL CARLSON - Montana senior Lindsey Hall scored 3,317 points Thursday on the opening day of the heptathlon at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships at Eugene, Ore., and is sitting 10th in the 24-a... more

Keen on Mason Bees

By PAUL WHEATON-And now boys and girls, it is time for Uncle Paul to tell you about the birds and the bees. Or, more accurately, the flowers and the bees. And, even more accurately: Flower sex.... more

Edible Weeds–If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em!

By KRISTEN LEE-CHARLSON - Fields of the pretty yellow flowers in the lawn; are they really so bad? Dandelion leaves, flowers, stems and roots are all edible if you have an organic yard!... more

Hall Hoping to Leave Mark at NCAA Track & Field Championships

By JOEL CARLSON - The one thing Montana senior Lindsey Hall's plump resume is lacking: A who-is-that-and-where-did-she-come-from performance on the national stage. She'll get that chance this week at the NCAA c... more

Sheep Grazing on City Open Space, Pet Owners Asked to Help Protect Herd

By BECKY GOODRICH-Missoula Parks and Recreation is asking dog owners to watch for sheep grazing on City open space, and leash their pets when hiking near the herd. ... more

Families Invited to Play All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park

Parks & Rec and the All-Abilities Playground Project to host Missoula’s first adaptive baseball league for people with and without disabilities beginning Saturday, June 14.... more

Griz Great Larry Krystokowiak Named No. 2 Male Athlete in Big Sky History

By JON KASPER- Larry Krystkowiak, a 6-foot-4 budding prep star from Shelby, Mont., ranks second on the Big Sky Conference's list of "50 Greatest Male Athletes.... more

Johnson Named to CFPA’S Quarterback Watch List

By DAVE GUFFEY-The University of Montana's Jordan Johnson has been placed on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List for quarterbacks.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 9

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

Easy Batch Eggs

By ERIN TURNER- Here's my new favorite way to cook a large batch of eggs. It's quick and easy!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 9

This Week's Jobs: An Administrative Assistant, Communications Director, Professional Driver, Paralegal and Administrative Assistant.... more

TV or Not TV, That is the Question

By BOB WIRE - Our 32” tube TV, which seemed like a JumboTron when we bought it in 2002, had gone to that big Radio Shack in the sky. Buying a new set was going to require some major education.... more

A Graduate’s Guide to Grilling on a Budget

By BLAINE KELTON - So you've just graduated from college, you're broke and you're hungry. Here are few tips on how to grill on a budget without compromising the integrity of your meals. ... more

The Next Generation–Take a Kid Fishing!

By TONY REINHARDT - Do you remember the first time you went fishing, or the first fish you caught? Odds are it was a father, grandpa, or mentor who took you out on that first trip. ... more

How Different Would the World Be if Everyone Ran?

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Distance Masters Runner of Year, Anne Audain reflects on the impact of running in our world: “Running gave me the courage to fight the great fight".... more

Not Your Grandfather’s Beekeeping Course

If your grandfather kept honeybees, chances are he didn’t read trade journals, attend conferences, or keep up with the latest developments in honeybee research. He didn’t have to. Things are different toda... more

Cabela’s Prepares for Grand Opening of Missoula Store

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the grand opening of its Missoula Cabela’s Outpost store Thurs., June 12.... more

Glacier Park Prepares for Busy Summer

Plow crews are ascending Going-to-the-Sun Road, clearing several feet of snow and preparing Glacier National Park for the upcoming summer season.... more

Montana Women: Key Players in the Startup World

By LIZ MARCHI - I struggle every day with intensity. All in, push to the goal line has always been my style. That’s not a good style for ageing so I am trying hard to be more focused.... more

Selvig’s Career No. 2 on Big Sky’s “Greatest Moments” List

By JOEL CARLSON - The Big Sky Conference office suggested this article, an ode to the No. 2 entry on its “25 Greatest Women’s Moments” list, be titled “Death, Taxes and Robin Selvig.” ... more

DeCuire Formally Introduced as Griz Basketball Coach

By DAVE GUFFEY - Travis DeCuire was formally introduced as the UM's 27th men’s head basketball coach today at a press conference in the in UM’s Adams Center/Dahlberg Arena.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 2

This Week's Jobs: A Journeyman Lineman, Programmer, Auto Parts counter Person, Delivery Driver and Small Engine Mechanic.... more

Quick and Easy Shower Cleaning

By ERIN TURNER- I have a secret weapon that helps me maintain a sparkling clean shower--it involves one small tool and two ingredients you'll find around the house.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 2

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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 2

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Travis Decuire got off to a fast start at Montana as a player. In his first start as the Griz point guard in November of 1991 Decuire helped lead the Griz to a 77-38 rout of PAC-12 powe... more

Hall Breaks School Record, Griz Conclude West Regional

By JOEL CARLSON - Montana senior Lindsey Hall broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday evening at the NCAA West Regional, but she came up short in her attempt to make nationals in the event... more

Former Griz Standout Travis Decuire Named Montana Basketball Coach

Travis DeCuire (pronounced: dee-cure) has been selected to be the University of Montana’s 27th head men’s basketball coach, announced UM Director of Athletics Kent Haslam on Saturday, May 31, 2014. DeCu... more

Reversing Desertification

By PAUL WHEATON - Man-made desertification impacts climate change more than the burning of all fossil fuels. This includes contributions to greenhouse gasses, and overall warming.... more

Local Leaders Seek Input Regarding Re-integrating Previously Incarcerated Individuals

The community is invited to a special meeting on Tuesday, June 3, to talk about previously incarcerated individuals who are re-integrating into the community. We know that every year about 1,200 people in Monta... more

Meet My Dentist, Dr. Mandible

By BOB WIRE - I just got home from a trip to the dentist. I hate the dentist. HATE the dentist. Oh, I don’t mind having my teeth worked on, I just can’t stand the guy who does it.... more

The 2014 Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Seasons Kick-Off June 4 & 5

Missoula’s favorite summer dining and entertainment series in Caras Park kicks off June 4 & 5, 2014.... more

Choose your Legislature Carefully

By MARK RIFFEY - What does "serve the people" really mean? Primary season is upon us. It's time to pick someone to serve the people's needs, collectively and individually--and that applies to business too.... more

Wagenmann on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List

By DAVE GUFFEY - The University of Montana's Zack Wagenmann has been placed on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List for defensive linemen.... more

High Water is Dangerous For All Boaters–Be Prepared or Don’t Go!

It can be hard to put safety ahead of adventure but sometimes the only safe choice is to stay off the water. Here are some tips for navigating dangerously high waters in western Montana:... more

Still Water Season

By ROB BREEDING - If you don’t know what you’re doing, stay away from moving water in Montana for the next month or so. There are western Montana rivers no one has any business floating this time of year. ... more

Sunday Streets Missoula, Higgins Edition, June 1, 2014

Get Moving and Get connected while celebrating sustainable transportation and healthy living at the Higgins Edition of Sunday Streets Missoula on June 1, 2014 ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 26

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Wayne Tinkle becomes the eighth University of Montana coach in the last 40 years to leave UM to take another Division 1 or NBA job. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 26

This Week's Jobs: A Human Resource Manager, HVAC Technician, Power Equipment Sales & Service Writer, and part-time Housekeepers.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 26

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

From Montana Dude Ranch Vacations to Owning the Bar W Guest Ranch

Thirteen years ago, Dave Leishman, sat at a desk, buried in papers, surrounded by the everyday life of a company he created from the ground up and wondered if there was more.... more