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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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 27

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

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 13

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The Danger Of Presumption

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

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The One Sentence That Can Make Or Break You

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 30

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Parklets and Pianos! Friday June 3

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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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Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second-Straight Season

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 16

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Liz Marchi: Voting, Travel, Air and Water

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 9

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Public Comment Sought on Bike Skills Parks Through April 22

Missoula Parks and Recreation is seeking public comment on draft master plans for two new bike skills parks through Friday, April 22.... more

Brain Injury Awareness Month Concludes with Bowl for Brain Strong Fundraiser

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Is Spring Early or Late?

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 28

Featured Jobs: A Receptionist, Logging Truck Driver, Office Manager, Night Auditor, Travel Counselors, Executive Director to promote school readiness in preschool age children and More!... more

Who Can Help You?

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Bows, Bunnies and Baby Cows

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 21

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Are You Doing the Important Work?

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Five Business Myths To Ignore

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 7

Featured Jobs: A Care Coordinator Supervisor, Irrigation Repair Technician, Part-Time Office Job, Forestry Worker. Office Clerk, Care Givers & More!... more

What Can’t Change that Must Change?

By MARK RIFFEY - What Can’t Change that Must Change? If you doubled the size of your sales team, would your sales double?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 29

Featured Jobs: Two Attorneys, a part-time Receptionist, a full-time Laborer, Public Safety Communications Officer, Janitorial Help, Sales Clerk, Ernichment Coordinator & More!... more

The Sales Prevention Department

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 22

Featured Jobs: An Executive Sous Chef, Young Family Advocate, Night Auditor, Housekeeper, Resource Specialist, Mechanic, Delivery Driver, Receptionist/Admin Assistant & More!... more

What The Supreme Court And Your Business Share

By MARK RIFFEY - Events like this can have a critical, if not fatal impact on your business. Could your business survive your death or permanent disability?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 15

Featured Jobs: A Human Resource Assistant, Concrete Pump Operator, Chef/Restaurant Manager Program Director, Field Rep/Runner, Assembly Workers, Floor Tech/Custodian & More!... more

Transforming Health Care: The Healthy Heart

Providence Health & Services—Western Montana is sponsoring a free community talk on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. called Transforming Health Care: The Healthy Heart.... more

Liz Marchi: Reflection

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Is It Done Yet?

By MARK RIFFEY - The earlier the customer sees your work, the earlier you'll find out if you're on track.... more

Schillinger Returns Home as Safeties Coach at UM

By ERIC TABER-Former Montana All-Big Sky Conference and NFL safety Shann Schillinger returns as a safeties coach under Griz head coach Bob Stitt.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 8

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Super Bowl 50 Extra Patrols

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Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

By MARK RIFFEY - To a startup, city hall is often the next obstacle in line.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 1

Featured Jobs: Office Assistant, IT Support Tech, Bank Teller, Personal Care Attendant, Outreach Coordinator, Shipping & Receiving, Church Administrator & More!... more

Start Your Marketing Calendar

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you marketing with intent or by accident? Choose intent.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 25

Featured Jobs: Youth Counselor, Guest Services/Front Desk, Safety Manager, Application and Research Chemist, Quality Assistant, Mainenance/House Person, Breakfast Attendant & More!... more

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Donates
$300,000 for New Food Bank Facility

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Hiring Entry Level People and (Gasp) Millennials

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Liz Marchi: Sleep

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Make it Matter: The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center

By WILL SCHULTZ - Established in 1986, The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, or JRPC, is Volunteer Missoula's Organization of the Month!... more

Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

By MARK RIFFEY - Word of mouth business and referrals come from handling problems gracefully.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 11

Featured Jobs: A Medical Assistant/Scribe, CNC Plasma/Torch Operator, Car Rental Sales Agent, Store Merchandiser, Car Salesperson, CDL Truck Driver, Assembly Line Worker, and more!... more

Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you prepare your staff to contribute to your company's success?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 4

Featured Jobs: An Excavation Leader, Youth Case Manager, Lead Wildnerness Field Staff, Industrial Sandblaster and Painter, Welder, Housekeeper & More!... more

Carousel Closed for Annual Maintenance

A Carousel for Missoula will be closed through Fri., Jan. 15, for annual maintenance. ... more

Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

By LIZ MARCHI - The last two years have been spent trying to change habits, explore new opportunities and changing tempo. I have had mixed results.... more

Company Goals Need Context

By MARK RIFFEY - Company-wide goals need to have "Why does this matter to me?" context at all levels of the company, for every employee.... more

Parks and Recreation To Recycle Christmas Trees

Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division is inviting citizens to drop off their cut Christmas trees at area parks to be recycled into productive mulch.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 28

Featured Jobs: An Administrative Assistant, CNA or PCA, Housekeepers, Night Auditor, Desk Clerk, Senior Zoologist, & More!... more

A Silent Night 100 Years Ago

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Working Linear vs. Parallel

By MARK RIFFEY - What costs do you introduce by solving problems sequentially?... more

Morley Transferring to University of Colorado

By DILLON TABISH - Makena Morley will transfer from Montana to the University of Colorado to compete for one of the best running programs in the nation.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 21

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Red’s Hosts Annual Gift Wrapping Fundraiser

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MDA Announces Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Winners

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Dec 19-20 Last Chance for Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

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Is Your Business 2016 Ready?

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Avoid a DUI During the Holiday Crackdown

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Jones Named Montana’s All-Time Leading Receiver

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Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 14

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Break Out the Snow Shovels

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Crittenden Set For “Academic Heisman” Ceremony

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Mount Jumbo Wildlife Closure Begins December 1

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