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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Liz Marchi: Family, Seasons and Change

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 22

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Griz Football: Fall Camp Enters Home Stretch

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 22

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 22

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Expect Labor Day DUI Patrols in Missoula

As part of the national Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, law enforcement will deploy extra patrols to prevent impaired driving during the 2 weeks.... more

Baker Returning to Lady Griz

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Petrino Joins Lady Griz Staff

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Experience and Versatility Key to Success of a Strong D-line

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11th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, August 26

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Griz Show All-Around Strength in First Scrimmage

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 15

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - When Robin Selvig took over the University of Montana women's basketball program it had won 32 games combined in the previous 4 years.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 15

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Hunting Elk in August

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Summer Squash ‘Pasta’ Dish

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Schweyen Named New Lady Griz Coach

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 8

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Trash Talk Missoula

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Kidder Named Preseason All-American

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 1

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to imagine going to game and not seeing Robin Selvig on the sidelines. The last time UM played a women's basketball game without Selvig was March 4, 1978.... more

Are you Using Your Marketing Data Effectively?

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Get Your Football Tickets Early at First-Ever Ticket Pickup Party

By ERIC TABER: Season Ticket Holders: Jump on the fall season at the first-ever Griz football ticket pickup party, from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Adams Center ticket office.... more

Asian Beef and Mushroom Burgers

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Delivering Peach of Mind: What does Meals on Wheels Offer?

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 25

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 25

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in recent memories the Lumberjacks of NAU are picked as the pre-season favorite to win the Big Sky Title, a choice made both by both sports writers and coaches.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 25

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Huckleberries Bounce Back

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The Ups and Downs of Complexity

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Carne y Frijole Cazuela (Beef and Bean Casserole)

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That First Gun

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Summer Sauces

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Griz Tabbed as Big Sky Runner-Up

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 18

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 18

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 18

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It’s Time To Sell Something

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Crispy Buttermilk-Soaked Pork Chops

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Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

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Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 11

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 11

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Montana Calls Jordan Sullivan Home

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Marathon Training Tips – Post Marathon Recovery

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 4

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How to Bear Proof Your Home, Cabin

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No Fireworks on FWP Property Including Fishing Access Sites

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America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

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Creamy Buffalo Potato Salad

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 27

Featured Jobs: An HVAC/Refrigeration Tech, Warehouse Laborers, Production Tech, Custodian, Early Childhood Teacher, Customer Service Manger, Administrative Assistant and more!... more

Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 27

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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Breunig to Play Pro Basketball in His Native Germany

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly basketball standout, Martin Breunig has signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball in his native Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.... more

Understanding Agency: Part II

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Liz Marchi: Comb Over

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What Are You Afraid Of?

By MARK RIFFEY - Is your business clinging to fear-driven artificial barriers? Limiting thoughts had my software company stuck on a sales plateau.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 20

Featured Jobs: A Human Resources Manager, Laborer, Finance Manager, Yard Worker/Car Dismantler, Fleet/Facilities Superintendent, Emergency Services Dispatcher, and more!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Missoula Osprey manager Joe Mather is doing something this season that none of the other three managers to guide the O's to a title did, come back the next year.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 20

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Working Dogs Help in the Fight Against AIS

By JOLEEN TADEJ - A unique partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Flathead Basin Commission is helping promote the use of new weapons in the war against aquatic invasive species.... more

Sweet Cream Ice Cream

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - This recipe for Sweet Cream Ice Cream will blow you away with its simplicity. You’ll need just five ingredients and an ice cream maker.... more

New Project Idea? Do This First

By MARK RIFFEY - Wouldn't it be nice to know if a project was going to fail after two weeks rather than two years?... more

MCT BURSTING with activity June 20-26

The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is bursting at the seams the week of June 20-25! ... more

Bill Bowers speechLess: A Fundraiser for the Next Step Prep Scholarship Fund

Hellgate High School graduate Bill Bowers returns to Missoula for a one-of-a kind performance - Tues., June 28, at 7:30pm at MCT.... more

Parks and Rec and Missoula Youth Rugby Celebrate Free Olympic Day Event

By BECKY GOODRICH -Kids and families are invited to a free Olympic Day celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Playfair Park.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 13

Featured Jobs: A Bicycle Sales Associate, Residential Housekeepers, Concrete Batch Plant Operator, Truck Dispatcher, Truck Drivers, Mechanic and more!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Hockey fans everywhere were saddened by the news of the passing of Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, to more than a generation.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 13

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Reminder for Boaters: Stop at AIS Inspection Stations

By JOLEEN TADEJ - As the summer recreation season gets underway, water enthusiasts around the state need to remember to do their part in keeping Montana’s waters free from aquatic invasive species.... more

Understanding Agency: Huddle Up with a Buyer’s Agent

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Picture this: you are at the annual Brawl of the Wild with all your buddies who are die-hard Grizzly fans.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 6

Featured Jobs: An Applications Engineer, Production Workers, Sharpeners, a Registered Nurse, Attorney, Housekeepers, Roofer/Shingler, Customer Service Rep and more!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to believe that it was 40 years ago this week that the first Wyoming-Montana all-star games were played.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 6

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 6

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The Danger Of Presumption

By MARK RIFFEY - There are many ways that assumptions can endanger your projects. The key is to have a process that does as much as possible to eliminate them.... more

Alaskan Halibut with Morels

By HOWARD KARP - This dish sums up the spirit of summer. Its white flakey Alaskan halibut with Oregon morel mushrooms, wild leeks, fresh ramps and green peas.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Opens This Weekend, Opens Daily June 11

By BECKY GOODRICH - Splash Montana opens on Sat., June 4. The facility will be open Sat. and Sun., June 4 and 5 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., and will begin daily operation on Sat., June 11.... more

Cobb Promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coach

By ERIC TABER - Montana men's basketball Head Coach Travis DeCuire has tabbed assistant Chris Cobb as the program's new associate head coach. ... more

Taking a Shakespearean Look at Honoring Volunteers

By WILL SCHULTZ - Last month I got to see a different side of the non-profit world as I attended the MAS’ “Celebration of National Volunteer Week!” event.... more

The One Sentence That Can Make Or Break You

By MARK RIFFEY - How are you spending your downtime? You may not have any influence over your team’s downtime, but you can still set an example.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 30

Featured Jobs: A full-time HVAC Sales Position, Route Driver, Office Assistant, Hardlines and Firearms Department Manager, Mow Crews, Deli Worker, Bakery Worker, Meat Cutter and more!... more

Marathon Training Tips – Weeks 11-16 for June/July Marathons

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The Poverello Center is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month

By WILL SCHULTZ - I recently had the pleasure of working with the Poverello Center and found the experience to be rich and very rewarding.... more

New Griz Vision Set for Washington-Grizzly Stadium

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana released the design of the new video display system which will transform the game day experience at Washington-Grizzly Stadium with HD-quality video.... more

Early Bird Registration Ends May 31 for Garden City River Rod Run

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 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

Parklets and Pianos! Friday June 3

Friday, June 3rd, is First Friday, and the best way to start your summer off right. several local businesses have partnered to bring you Parklets and Pianos.... more

They’re Sure Cute, But Please Leave Baby Animals Alone

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Carousel Birthday Party/Expansion Grand Opening Scheduled for May 28

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 23

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Building a Career: Students Can Learn a Trade AND Get Paid

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2016 Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Commence
June 1 and 2

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 23

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Later this week another High School sports season comes to an end as track and softball crown their Champions.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 23

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Griz Coaches Remember Reiser

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MCT, UM Confucius Institute and Beijing Theatre Collaboration

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) continues its collaboration with the China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) in Beijing. ... more

Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second-Straight Season

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Holmes, Feller Named Grizzly Cup Winners

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Sea Scallops with Brown Butter Potato Cream

By JONATHON HARTIG - Restaurants like Restaurant Martin inspire me to look at and appreciate food for its beauty and simplicity.... more

Christians, Lions and Wives of New Jersey

By MARK RIFFEY - How are you spending your downtime? You may not have any influence over your team’s downtime, but you can still set an example.... more

Missoula Community Band Presents 2016 Summer Band Concerts

The Missoula City Band announces its summer series for 2016. For well over a hundred years, we have been playing fine band music for the public in our open-air concerts.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 16

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to put in perspective the accomplishment of the University of Montana Softball team in reaching the Big Sky Tournament.... more

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Featured Jobs: A research architectural historian, bank teller, telephone clerk, parking maintenance supervisor, warehouse/delivery driver, census surveyors & More!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 16

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A Recipe For Teamwork

By MARK RIFFEY - If you had to make up a recipe for teamwork, what would you stir in?... more

Bourbon-Fried Pound Cake

By ALISON LADMAN - When we first encountered deep-fried, bourbon-soaked Twinkies, we were a little smitten. Until, that is, we realized we could do so much better.... more