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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Ellis Henderson is back… and couldn’t be happier

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 31

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Parks and Recreation Hosts “Too Much Fun Tuesdays” in Area Parks

Parks and Recreation hosts “Too Much Fun Tuesdays” in area parks Jo... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of August 31

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Last Saturday's win over North Dakota State marked the first time FCS's number 1 team has fallen at Washington Grizzly stadium since Montana beat Nevada-Reno in September of 1987.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 31

Featured Restaurant Jobs: Head Pastry Chef, Delivery drivers and Sandwich Makers, Barista and Deli Worker, PT Breakfast Cook, Grill Cook, Line Cook and More!... more

Griz Open Stitt Era With Memorable Win (PHOTO GALLERY)

By ERIC TABER - Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with two seconds remaining to rally Montana to a 38-35 victory over four-time defending national champion North Dakota State.... more

Griz Walk Back for 2015 Season

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#12 Montana Hosts #1 North Dakota State in Season Opener

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Struggles, Hurdles, Challenges and Observation

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When The Smoke Clears, Will Your Reputation?

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City Discontinues Curbside Pickpup of Storm Debris

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UM Sports Trivia | Week of August 24

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 24

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Brown Sugar and Strawberry Scones

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Donate a Hunting License to Disabled Veterans & Armed Forces Members

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Run-and-Gun Grizzlies Ready for New Era

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Early Season Hunters: Make Fire Safety A Top Priority

By JOLEEN TADEJ - All early season hunters need to make wildfire prevention a top priority.... more

Phase II of Silver Summit Playground Opens Saturday

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Griz Senior Profile: Meet Chris Lider

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Pet Fest to Feature Animal Wonders Presentation with Live Exotic Animals!

The 10th Annual Pet Fest will celebrate International Homeless Animal’s Day at the Adams Center, Saturday, August 22 from 10:00am until 3:00pm.... more

Get One More Per Day, Week, Month

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Griz Basketball Releases Strong 2015-16 Schedule

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Register Today for the River City Roots Run and SUP Cup

The 10th annual River City Roots Festival is next weekend. Register for the four-mile fun run and the stand-up paddle board contest. Both races will be held on Sat., Aug. 29th.... more

MCT Holds Auditions for Sweeney Todd–The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Sunday, August 30th, at the MCT.... more

Mom Help: Top 10 Toddler Hot Spots in Missoula

By KIM S. - Whether you're a new mom and dad, grandparent, or babysitter it’s imperative that you have a go-to list of a couple Toddler Hot Spots here in Missoula.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 17

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 August 17

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 17

Featured Jobs: General Laborers, Machinist, Laborers for a Sawmill, Roofer/Shingler, Siding Installer, Heavy Equipment Operator, Construction Laborer, Dump Truck Drivers, Yard Laborers and more!... more

Pieces Falling Into Place for Griz After Second Scrimmage

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Griz Senior Profile: Meet Derek Crittenden

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City Preparing for Predicted Thunderstorms

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Berry Crème Fraiche Cake

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City of Missoula Storm Updates

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10th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, Aug. 28

The MDA will open the 10th annual River City Roots Festival on Friday, Aug. 28 in preparation of Missoula hosting North Dakota State in the home opener for Grizzly Football.... more

Communicate When Fire Threatens

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City Assisting with Storm-Damaged Tree Removal

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Griz Produce Highlights in First Scrimmage of Season

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Storm Knocks Out Power in Missoula

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 10

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 10

Featured Jobs this week: Executive Assistant, Wait Staff and Cooks, Administrative Assistant, Millwright, Paint and Glass Salesperson, Education Video Game Development Supervisor, and more!... more

For Jamie Kelly

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Griz Football Schedules Pac-12 and FCS Opponents

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Mary Beth Percival: Missoula Painter in the Medium of Watercolor

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The Pimps of Joytime Perform at the Top Hat Aug 20

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Learning How the Arts are Being Integrated and Connected in Missoula

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Crittenden and Jones Voted Griz Football Captains

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies have voted, and seniors Derek Crittenden and Jamaal Jones are the 2015 team captains.... more

Summer Fire Communication Can Burn You

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This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 3

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Griz Open Fall Drills on Tuesday

By ERIC TABER-The University of Montana football squad opens its fall drills Tuesday morning with the season’s first practice session in Washington-Grizzly Stadium set for 9 a.m.... more

The Great Debate: School Bedtime During the Summer

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 3

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 3

Jobs this week: Senior Accounting Clerk, Accounting Manager, Patient Account Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Community Corrections Officer, Delivery Drivers and More!... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

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

Tickets are $15 and go on sale to the public on Sat., August 1st! Booking it on Broadway—A Novel Review plays Aug. 13-15.... more

Nicoise Salad

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Mom Help: 16 Things to Prepare for Your Hospital Stay

By KIM S. - As a mom who had 3 C-sections the lists was pretty simple as for what to bring and not bring for our stay at the hospital. Here's my list of 16 MUST haves.... more

Missoula Job Service Hosts Mini Job Fairs

Missoula Job Service will host three mini job fairs in the office next week. Local employers are looking for food-service employees, caregivers, cashiers, and warehouse workers.... more

Why Do They Want To Disrupt My Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - The big word in the startup world is disruption, as in “We will disrupt the what-cha-ma-call-it market.” ... more

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

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

This Baby Will Make Three

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 27

Jobs this week: A Fire Chief, Senior Accountant, Veterinarian Assistant/Tech, Trainer/Staff Development Specialist, Sales Associate, Concrete Pump Operator, and More!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 27

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

Tips for Fishing Through the Hoot Owl Restrictions

By TONY REINHARDT-Many assume that because there are fishing restrictions then the fishing must not be very good, not true. Changing your strategy a little can pay off in these conditions.... more

Expectations of Parenthood

By ERIN TURNER - This summer my oldest child turns 16 yrs old. Where did the time go? I'm reminiscing about that first pregnancy--which seems like only a moment ago.... more

Summertime Is Time to Mess Around

By BOB WIRE - Summer camps. Play dates. Dropping off. Picking up. Enough. The revolution is on. It’s summertime, for cryin’ out loud! It’s the Season of the Kid.... more

No Customers Beyond This Point

By MARK RIFFEY - I’m in the market for a new-to-me rig. I don’t switch rigs very often, so it’s a slow process to make sure I buy it right.... more

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

by JASON SHREDER. It’s crazy but as many kayakers as there are in Missoula one would think that it would be easier to find people to paddle with, but it’s a struggle for people that start out on their own. ... more

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

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 July 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- While Bob Stitt’s new team open the season against a reigning national Champion in North Dakota State his former team gets their shot at a defending national champ.... more

Missoula Police Emphasize Pedestrian Crossing Safety

The Missoula Police Department will conduct Pedestrian Crossing Emphasis Patrols beginning this week in an effort to enforce pedestrian crossing laws within the city limits. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 20

Jobs this week: A Human Resource Manager, Medical Claims Processor, General Warehouse/Driver Associate, Laborers, Delivery Driver, Office/Physical Therapy Aid, Armed Security Officer & more!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 20

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

BIKEapalooza Kicks Off Sunday Streets Missoula

Celebrate Sunday Streets Missoula on Sunday, July 19, between noon and 4 p.m. on a car-free Higgins Avenue from the red XXXXs on north HIggins Ave.... more

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival is July 25

By THERESA COX - Calling all magical beings to attend the Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival on Sat., July 25, from 10am to noon, in the grassy field to the west of Dragon Hollow.... more

10 Heavenly Montana Hikes West of the Continental Divide

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Nothing inspires like a heart-pounding hike into Montana's high country. Put these ten picks for memorable hikes on your Montana bucket list!... more

On the Grill: Backyard Stir Fry

By PAUL SIDORIAK - Love Chinese style stir fry but don't like heating up the kitchen This summer? Why not do in on the grill? Here's my a recipe and step-by-step directions.... more

Kidsfest 2015 Slated for July 28 at Caras Park

Celebrate Kidsfest 2015--a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission and most activities are free. ... more

Junkpole Fence: Freaky Cheap Chicken/Deer Fence

By PAUL WHEATON - We needed a permanent fence that would keep flighty chickens (layers) in and keep the deer and the wild turkeys out. This fence went up mighty fast and cheap.... more

What Do You Do About Bad Competitors?

By MARK RIFFEY - I don’t talk much about competitors. First, because you have far more to gain by investing time and effort into improving your own business.... more

Walk With A Doc This Thursday at McCormick Park

Take a step toward better health this Thursday with Missoula Parks and Recreation and Community Medical Center with "Walk With A Doc".... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 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

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

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Reports of swimmer’s itch in reservoirs on the Rocky Mountain Front have prompted Fish, Wildlife and Parks to issue an advisory. What is swimmer's itch anyway?... more

MCT Announces Free Kids’ Celebration Friday, July 24th

On Friday, July 24th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Missoula Children’s Theatre is throwing a party for kids of ALL ages! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 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 July 13

Jobs this week: A Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Lawn Mainenance, Sushi Chef, Kitchen Assistants, Head Cook, Medical Receptionist, Exhibition Coord./Museum Collections Specialist & more!... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Kraig Paulson was the first Griz to make “ 37” significant and began the tradition of passing the number onto to a Montana native.... more

Busiest June on Record in Glacier Park

By DILLON TABISH - Over 414,000 people visited the national park last month, keeping 2015 on record-breaking pace.... more

DQ Ice Cream Tokens Donated to Missoula Police Department

Officers will be on the lookout for children on bikes who are wearing their helmet and will provide them with a token good for an ice cream cone or a Dilly Bar.... more

UM and Root Sports Announce Fall Start Times

By JOEL CARLSON - ROOT Sports announced the kickoff times this week for its 2015 Big Sky Conference package of football games including 5 with Montana. See the schedule.... more

Hal’s Walk Dedication Set for July 10

Staff members and friends of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the late Hal Fraser will dedicate a new riverfront walk honoring him. The Hal's walk Celebration is on Fri. July 10 at 10am. ... 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

Filling Cracks With Automation and Metrics

By MARK RIFFEY - Metrics tell you what happened and in some cases, what is happening, but they don’t tell you what to do next. By themselves, metrics can get lonely.... more

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

By JOEL CARLSON - For the 30th time in the last 31 years, the Montana women’s basketball team has ranked in the top 40 in the nation in home attendance. ... more

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Summer Workshop August 7-9

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Preventing Conflicts with Bears

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Already this year, bears have traveled the river corridors – Sun, Marias, Dearborn and Teton – east from the Rocky Mountain Front looking for natural foods.... more

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

By TRISTAN SCOTT - Historic stream temperature highs, low flows threaten Northwest Montana's cold-water fish.... more

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

Construction of the new public art piece for Silver Park, George Ybarra’s sculpture “Perseverance and Passage,” has begun.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- OOPS!!... We made a significant blooper in this space a few weeks ago and need to correct the record.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 6

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Montana Tops League in Academic All-Big Sky Conference Selections

By JOEL CARLSON - Montana’s spring sports placed a league-high 62 student-athletes on the recent Academic All-Big Sky Conference teams giving the Grizzlies a record 155 selections for the 2014-15 academic yea... more

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

By ROB BREEDING- The 10th percentile in June means most rivers will be nearly bone dry in August.... more

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!

By JENNIFER PEPPROCK- Volunteer Missoula chose The Children’s Museum Missoula as our organization of the month! The Children's Museum has been "Making it Matter" in Missoula since 1994.... more

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