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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Tom Sawyer Headlines MCT’s Fall Performing Arts Classes

Tom Sawyer! What do you do with a boy like that? The Missoula Children... more

Griz Fall to Wyoming 17-12 in Season Opener

By DAVE GUFFEY - Montana gave Wyoming everything it wanted in the teams... more

Currents Aquatics Center Open for Labor Day, Closed Sept 2-12 for Annual Maintenance

FYI: Currents Aquatics Center Open for Labor Day, Closed Sept 2-12 for ... more

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Come to Kalispell Aug 30-31

By DILLON TABISH - The Mountain Madness Airshow, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, comes to Kalispell August 30-31 at the Glacier Park International Airport.... more

Back to School: That’s Good, Right?

By BOB WIRE-Ah, the lunches have been packed, the driveway mugshots taken, and our kids have officially slammed the screen door on another summer vacation. It's back to school time!... more

Lifelong Learning Class Teaches How to Self-Publish

By CASEY DAWES-According to some sources Missoula is one of the cities in the United States with the most writers per capita. Do you have a book inside you screaming to get out? Learn to self-publish.... more

Rediscover Your Spark with UM Workshop

By AIMEE RYAN- “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Join us on Thurs., Sept. 25, for a hands-on, experiential workshop that will help you answer that question.... more

How to Make the Most of What’s Left of Summer in Missoula

By MATT ANGLEN- If you're like me and are desperately trying to make the most of these last few weeks of sunshine here in Missoula, here is a short list of things to get excited about: ... more

A Wild Idea: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act

By TRISTAN SCOTT-Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, advocates look toward the future... more

Earning Return Business, Part Four: Confidence

By MARK RIFFEY - Your clients' confidence in you is critical to earning return business. Take a pizza for example...... more

Griz-Wyoming Football Game Notes and Stats

The University of Montana Grizzlies open their 2014 season, Sat., Aug., 30, playing the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | August 25

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 8/18-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

MCT Presents The Last of the Dragons, Sept 11-13

In the kingdom of Middlefield, there is a tradition that when a princess celebrates her 16th birthday, she is tied to a rock, kidnapped by a dragon, rescued by a prince and lives happily ever after. ... more

Tourism Mishaps

By KELLYN BROWN-As a 20-something slinging trash for the park service in the early 2000s, I was privy to my fair share of tourist mishaps, from the comical to the tragic. ... more

Hunting is a Bargain for Nonresident College Students

By BRUCE AUCHLY - A discount on Montana’s big game combination license will be available beginning Sept. 9 for nonresident college students to hunt in Montana.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of August 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- As the Hellgate Knights open their football against Helena Capitol it was fifty years ago next week that the school played its first ever football game a 13-2 loss to Great Falls Cathol... more

Fresh, Frugal, Back to School Lunch Ideas

By ERIN TURNER-Are you ready to dust off the lunch box as your kids head back to school this week? Here are some for packing fresh, healthy and frugal lunches for your kids!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 25

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 August 25

Jobs this week: Roofers, Teachers, Substitute Teachers, and support staff at Missoula County Public schools, Veterinary Assistant/Technician, Glass Installer Information Clerk and more!... more

Fall Camp Report #9: Defensive Line

By DAVE GUFFEY-With the 2014 season opener at Wyoming just a week away, one thing that the Montana Grizzlies know about their team is that the strength of the defense will be the defensive line.... more

Missoula South Side, Your Beer is Here

By BOB WIRE-As a man whose love of beer is well-documented and occasionally used against him, I gotta say I'm tickled with Missoula's newest brewery, Great Burn.... more

Hunters Must Expect to See Bears

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Sugar Snap Peas with Lobster Salad

By CHEF HOWARD KARP-Here’s a refreshing summer salad that doesn’t use traditional leafy greens. Instead, it features garden fresh sugar snap peas made into a sweet puree sauce with coconut milk.... more

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

By JOEL CARLSON-Ground was broken Wednesday on the UM campus for a new athletics academic center, and a $1 million gift gift was announced that will go toward additional facility improvements.... more

9th Annual River City Roots Festival Aug 23-24 in Downtown Missoula

Grammy Award winner Sam Bush headlines the admission-free, 2014 River City Roots Festival Aug. 23-24 in downtown Missoula. Welcome Home UM students! ... more

Hunters: Make Fire Safety a Top Priority This Season

By JOLEEN TADEJ - About 5,000 Montana archery hunters can head afield beginning Aug. 15, and ALL early season hunters need to make wildfire prevention a top priority.... more

Earning Return Business, Part Three: Little Things

By MARK RIFFEY - Getting you to return comes from you getting the little things right, even if you're the only game in town.... more

Fall Camp Report #6: Johnson Starting For Third Season at Quarterback

By DAVE GUFFEY-Jordan Johnson, one of the key players to the University of Montana football program’s past and most recent successful seasons, is returning in 2014, which will be his third year as a starter.... more

Missoula Police Participate in Labor Day Weekend
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

The Missoula Police Department is joining thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country in the fight against drunk driving this Labor Day weekend.... more

Fall Camp Report #5: Griz Have Speed at Linebacker

By DAVE GUFFEY-With the graduation of three of the most prolific linebackers in school history, GRIZ NATION was concerned how the University of Montana could replace that dynamic trio in 2014.... more

Appreciating Life More at 60 Than at 16

By LIZ MARCHI - Life is about the lens you choose. Age can give us a refined sense of what’s important, beautiful and meaningful. I loved the glasses I wore last week.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | August 18

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 8/18-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 18

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

19th Annual Great Griz Encounter, Thursday August 21

Plan to attend the 19th annual “Great Griz Encounter” meet-and-greet and autograph signing event with UM's 2014 football team on Thurs., Aug 21, downtown in Caras Park. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of August 19

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-After an impressive showing in a home exhibition match with Carroll College, the Montana Grizzly soccer team embarks on an 8-city, 8-match road swing. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 18

Jobs this week: Health Customer Service Representatives, Office Manager, Police Officer, Research and Development Director, a Stone and Granite Fabricator, and more!... more

Stuffed Zucchini–A Frugal Seasonal Meal

By ERIN TURNER-The season of zucchini jokes has arrived. The gardens are knocking out zucchini like crazy and people are finding them on their doorsteps.... more

‘Fatuous Twaddle’ For a Phenomenal Friend

By BRIAN MARSH - I had the privilege of co-officiating the memorial service for my good friend, Jamie Kelly. Here are my reflections on his life.... more

Fall Camp Report #3: Safety Position Shaping Up

By DAVE GUFFEY-There is almost always question marks at one or more positions when fall camp begins, and one of those for the UM Grizzlies when they started practice on Aug. 5 was the tight end spot.... more

Scars: The Real Man’s Tattoos

By BOB WIRE-I don't have any tattoos, so now you know where I stand on tattoos. What I do have is a growing collection of scars. The real man's tattoos.... more

Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park

By DILLON TABISH-The 4.5-mile hike to Iceberg is considered one of the quintessential treks in Glacier National Park.... more

The Average Joe’s Guide to the 2014 Zootown Fringe Festival

By MATT ANGLEN-The Zootown Fringe Festival is completely unjuried and uncensored. Anyone with a performance or art instillation can apply and do whatever they want.... more

Battle in the Big Sky: Generation Griz

By DILLON TABISH - A year after returning to the FCS playoffs, Montana is poised to make a run at the conference title and challenge the reigning champs... more

Downtown Dance Collective to Perform at Missoula Fringe Festival, Aug 16

(PHOTO GALLERY) Renowned Seattle choreographer, Zoe Scofield is teaching an intensive with the Downtown Dance Collective with a performance to follow at the Missoula Fringe Festival, Aug 16. ... more

Smokey Bear Turns 70, But Don’t Bring Candles

Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday — but don’t bring any candles to the party, please. Here are some little-known facts about Smokey Bear on his big day.... more

YWCA Lecture Series: How Mobile Technology Has Influenced Rural Zambian Women

Fri. 8/15 from noon to 1 p.m. at YWCA Missoula, UC Santa Barbara Professor Lisa Parks looks at how increasing access to mobile technology has influenced the lives of rural Zambian women.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | August 11

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 8/4/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Auditions for Jekyll and Hyde The Musical

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding auditions for the production of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical on Sunday, August 31st at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. ... more

Flathead Cherries and Heirloom Tomato Tart

It’s time to celebrate our Flathead cherries and local tomatoes! This symphony of flavors screams summer with these two sweet-and-tart fruits that ripen at the same time.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of August 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-HOO-RAY!!! For the Zootown Senior Softball Team who played for the Senior Softball World series title. Let's put the team's achievement in perspective: ... more

Scrimmage #1: Griz Solid in Every Phase

By DAVE GUFFEY Every phase of the game had its pluses Sunday evening, as the University of Montana Grizzly football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The controlled... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 11

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 August 11

Jobs this week: Someone for School Photography, Carpenter, Administrative Support, Internal Auditor, Warehouse Supervisor, Network Systems Analyst and more.... more

2014 Griz Fall Camp Report: Solid Play at Cornerback

By DAVE GUFFEY-When spring football drills concluded for the University of Montana Grizzlies last April, one of the biggest areas of improvement mentioned by head coach Mick Delaney was at the cornerback positi... more

Existential Crisis in the Kitchen

By BOB WIRE- Despite what you might hear, I’m an enlightened, evolved male. I possess certain domestic capabilities. Believe it or not, I do know my Swiffer from a hole in the ground.... more

Lily Gladstone’s Beautiful Future

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Born and raised in Browning, Lily Gladstone returned there last year to work on “Jimmy P.,” a film about a psychologically- puzzling Blackfeet World War II veteran, starring Benicio De... more

Former Griz Brock Coyle Has Shot at Seahawks Roster

One day, more than a decade ago on a chairlift at Big Sky Resort, one of the best young ski racers in Montana told his coach that his future wasn’t on the slopes.... more

Pet Fest to Feature Davis’ Muttley Crew from America’s Got Talent!

The 9th Annual Pet Fest will celebrate International Homeless Animal’s Day at the Adams Center, Sat., Aug. 16, from 10am-3pm and features Davis' Muttley Crew from America's Got Talent.... more

Bee Huts

By PAUL WHEATON-I’ve heard that by adding a roof to protect your bee hives, you can increase honey production by as much as four or five fold. The secret: The happiness of the bee matters!... more

Warm Flows Prompt “Hoot-Owl” Fishing On Dearborn, Smith and Sun Rivers

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has advised anglers on three central Montana rivers that all fishing will close daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve; effective Aug. 8th.... more

Stage I Fire Restrictions to Begin Thursday

The City of Missoula will join other West Central Montana fire agencies in enacting Stage I fire restrictions early Thursday morning August 7.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | August 4

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 8/4/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Griz Picked 5th in 2014 FCS Preseason Coaches’ Poll

By DAVE GUFFEY-First the good news. The University of Montana Grizzlies has been picked to finish fifth in the 2014 FCS preseason coaches’ poll.... more

Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

By JAMIE LIPHARDT - You will not only impress yourself with this dish, but also your garden friend and anyone else you decide to invite to dinner that night.... more

Sailing the Flathead

BY XAVIER FLORY - An evening race with the North Flathead Yacht Club, which was founded in 1976 and currently has 132 members. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of August 4

Jobs this week: An Auto Technician, a Deli Worker, Housekeepers, Breakfast Attendants, and Laundry Workers, Media Information Coordinator, Lawn Care Technicians and more!... more

Homemade Pie Crust

By ERIN TURNER- It's western Montana Fair Time and with raspberries, huckleberries and strawberries all in season right now, it seems the perfect time for a pie! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 4

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 August 4

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-Saturday’s dramatic state title win for the Missoula Mavericks gave the program its 8th title since 1984.... more

New Fireline Grill Opens at Splash Montana

Splash Montana is proud to announce the ALL NEW Fireline Grill, a mobile kitchen offering fresh, restaurant-quality food options to guests at Splash Montana and in Playfair. ... more

Griz Start Fall Football Drills August 5th

By DAVE GUFFEY - The University of Montana Grizzly football team will hold its first practice of the 2014 seasons Tuesday, August 5. All players report to camp on Sunday, Aug. 3.... more

What Do Ants Taste Like?

By BRUCE AUCHLY-So does an ant taste like a bitter, or lemony, crunchy morsel to a rainbow trout? Nobody knows, and the trout I’ve talked to, don’t answer.... more

Moksha Aerial Studio Collective (PHOTO GALLERY)

By BILL MUNOZ - Recently I was lucky enough to be introduced to Moksha Aerial Studio Collective (MASC) at the Missoula Farmers Market. Oh what fun it is to shoot these colorful artists. (PHOTO GALLERY).... more

Visit Glacier Park While It Still Has Glaciers!

By BOB WIRE- Plans are underway to change the name of Glacier National Park to reflect its eventual lack of glaciers. 'Large And Somewhat Damp Mountains National Park' is in the running for finalist.... more

Roots Run Registration Party Friday August 1st

The MDA and Run Wild Missoula will host a River City Roots Run Registration Party Friday, Aug. 1 from 5-8 pm at Runner’s Edge and the alley behind the store located at 304 North Higgins. ... more

First Friday Featured Artist: Sarah Jaeger

By MATT ANGLEN-Art is big in Missoula. If you don’t believe me just head downtown on the First Friday of every month and you’ll see sidewalks overflowing with people eager to catch the latest exhibition.... more

Earning Return Business, Part Two

By MARK RIFFEY - Not long ago I heard someone say “Excuses are a lie wrapped in a reason.” Training is a critical component to building a team that brings clients back repeatedly.... more

The Name Game

By ROB BREEDING - I used to correct people when they used the A word. Pronghorns are not true antelope, I’d explain, and are actually an animal in a family all by themselves.... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 7/28/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Mid Summer Missoula Fishing Report

By TONY REINHARDT -The season is flying by! The fishing has been great in Missoula so far this year, and with plenty of water still in our rivers that should continue through the rest of the season. ... more

Save Money With DIY Haircuts

By ERIN TURNER- With 3 boys, haircuts occur quite frequently around our house. Even if we just went to Cost Cutters we'd spend a fortune every month. Instead, here's a frugal, DIY haircut option. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 28

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 28

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-Grizzly football fans are hoping for a winning streak for the Griz after Paul McCartney’s concert just like the program had when the Rolling Stones appeared at Washington Grizzly stadi... more

Hill and Sullivan Not Done With Basketball Yet

By JOEL CARLSON-Torry Hill and Jordan Sullivan, seniors on last year’s Lady Griz team, both were raised on basketball, and even though their college playing days are over, their basketball careers are not. ... more

Kidsfest 2014 Slated for July 29 at Caras Park

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2014, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Wayne and Kathleen Newton Set Up Shop in Lakeside

By JUSTIN FRANZ-Kat’s Korner is one of several new shops and restaurants that have popped up in the small community of Lakeside and Wayne Newton, 72, said it’s no surprise the town is growing.... more

Visit Yellowstone Before it Blows Up

By BOB WIRE- One way to get around Yellowstone is aboard one of the Historic Yellow Buses. They can sometimes be seen roaring around a corner and scaring the bejesus out of some poor buffalo.... more

Henderson Named to CFPA’s 2014 Watch List for FCS Kickoff Returners

By DAVE GUFFEY - Montana's Ellis Henderson has been named to the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards.... more

UM Dining Wins NACUFS Grand Prize for Sustainability

UM Dining’s commitment to limiting our impact on the environment earned national recognition at the 2014 National Association of College and University Food Services Conference.... more

Missoula’s Annual Chip Seal Program Begins

City of Missoula Street Division crews begin applying oil and chips to city streets on Monday, July 28, in the City’s annual Chip Seal Street Maintenance Program. Missoula annually seals the surface of ab... more

Flies Really Bite. Are they Bugging the Cows?

By PAUL WHEATON-Biting flies can sure make life miserable for cattle, horses and even people! Big or small, those insects can inflict painful sores. Here are a few solutions for getting rid of biting flies:... more

Washington-Grizzly Stadium Undergoing Upgrades

By JOEL CARLSON-People who attend a Montana Grizzly football game this fall will notice three major upgrades to the stadium, all added to enhance the fan experience.... more

Going Home Again

By ROB BREEDING - I went back to one former home recently, my old stomping grounds in the Bitterroot Valley.... more

Earning Return Business

By MARK RIFFEY - When you make client service decisions, do you weigh the cost of losing the client?The incremental cost of service is usually tiny compared to losing the client.... more

All 12 Griz Football Games in 2014 to be Televised

All 12 of The University of Montana’s football games in 2014 will once again be televised this season, by either Cowles Montana Media or ROOT Sports, announced UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam today (Tue... more

Monte Dolack: Nature of Art

By MONTE DOLACK-My personal creative and restorative touchstone to nature is not far from our Missoula home. It is The Crown of the Continent ecosystem and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. ... more

This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene

A recap of all things Arts & Culture--for the week of 7/21/14-- brought to you by the Missoula Cultural Council.... 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