This Week’s Missoula News Highlights – Week of March 18


Former Congressman Pat Williams Recommended to Help Oversee the University System

Public comments regarding the three men recommended to the Montana Board of Regents were heard by the Senate Education Committee. Although three men were named as possible candidates, the bulk of the public comment was directed toward Pat Williams and his controversial remarks regarding crimes committed by certain members of the University of Montana’s football team. (read more) more links: Williams defends comments

Missoula Competes With Branson, Missouri to Host Social Media Tourism Symposium

Missoula advanced to the next round in a competition to host 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium.  Missoula is now in the “final four” cities and hopes remain high that it could land a large tourism conference later this year. (read more)more links: Facebook page, symposium

Construction began in the Adam's Center in preparation for the 96th Forester's Ball.

Construction began in the Adam’s Center in preparation for the 96th Forester’s Ball.

96th Annual Forester’s Ball Hopes to Make Event Safer after Last Year’s Problems

Construction began in the University of Montana’s Adam’s Center in preparation for the 96th annual Forester’s Ball. This year’s event is under scrutiny after the 95th ball drew large crowds of very intoxicated attendees. More than 100 students were removed from the 2012 university fundraising event.  (read more) more links: changes to eventlast year’s event.

Wayfinding Project Aims to Help Missoula Visitors find City’s Attractions

Finding your way around Missoula can be a difficult even for visitors. Most of the city’s streets weren’t laid out in what could be construed as a logical fashion. Destination Missoula hopes to make tourists and visitors to town a little more comfortable by creating a system directions through multiple media in which people can find and locate everything Missoula has to offer. (read more)

“Mayors on Wheels” has Local Officials Delivering Meals to Missoula’s Elderly and Adults with Disabilities

As part of the national March on Meals campaign city officials will take much needed meals to area residents who face severe challenges. The campaign is designed to bring awareness to the plight of the nation’s citizens who, without such services as “Meals on Wheels”, might go without food. (read more) more links: Meals on Wheels, Missoula Aging Services


Each week, Tom Diddel recaps the week’s most talked-about stories in Missoula. Visit the Make it Missoula News & Opinion section for more talk of the town.


Tom Diddel has lived in Missoula on and off for nearly thirty-eight years. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana and is currently working as a Freelance Writer and a Para-Educator.