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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2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Features Trout-To-Taimen Around the World

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Dragon Hollow Expansion in Need of Volunteers and Tools

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Montana Looks to Extend Streak vs. Montana State

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Montana Cowboy Culture Remains Alive and Kicking

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Olson Named First-Team All American Defense By Hero Sports

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Liz Marchi: Life Interrupted

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Finish Something.

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Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing

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Compelling Reasons to Buy

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Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, but Border Rules Still Apply

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Montana Picked to Repeat as Big Sky Champions

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Hauck Named to Rice Award Watch List

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Really Bad Advice

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 20

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Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

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Hiring Right Saves Money

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Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

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Grizzlies Focused On September, Not March, As They Hit Court

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Liz Marchi: Picking Raspberries

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Auditions for Elf The Musical at Missoula Community Theatre

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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Stories And Stones Historical Tour

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4 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Business

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Brain Injury Alliance of Montana’s Inaugural Big Sky Chalenge Hike Aug 25th

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Green Beans with Tarragon Vinaigrette

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What’s Your Secret?

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Dickenson Returns to Celebrate Hall of Fame Induction

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Andorcles and the Lion with MCT

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Seven Griz Receive Preseason Honors From Phil Steele Magazine

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Mount Sentinel to Close Monday due to Extreme Fire Danger

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Stage II Fire Restrictions to Begin Friday on City Open Space

By BECKY GOODRICH - Stage II fire restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday 8/10, on City of Missoula open space and conservation lands, including Mount Sentinel, the North Hills, Mount Jumbo.... more

The Self-Managing Business

By MARK RIFFEY - What does it take to create a self-managing business? Is if even possible?... more

New Bay Sweet Potato Fries

By KATIE WORKMAN - What these fries lack in crispness they make up for in soulful flavor and warm color.... more

Over 140 Players Break in New Fort Missoula Regional Park Pickleball Courts

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 140 pickleball players, ranging in age from 17 to 84, will compete in Missoula this weekend at the fifth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament.... more

Liz Marchi: Summer on the Ranch

By LIZ MARCHI - Life is good. Summer in Montana…like nothing else. ... more

Thirty Artists Selected For River City Roots Festival Art Show

Thirty artists have been selected for the Juried Art Show on Main Street Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, during the 13th Annual River City Roots Festival in Downtown Missoula.... more

Buss Named Preseason STATS first Team All-American

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Tickets Available Now For Griz Awards Banquet

By ERIC TABER - Tickets are now available for the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame and Grizzly Lifetime Honors Award banquet, slated for Friday evening on Sept. 7 at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown.... more

Audition for Sister Act

by MICHELLE NIGH - Get your “Sunday Morning Fever” burning and groove your spirit on over to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts! ... more

Affordable Housing Area For Missoula On The Way

By CINDY CUMMINGS - Missoula is a great place to live and work, and it’s one of Montana’s favorite cities for a day out too. ... more

Keeping Vigilant on Protecting Montana’s Waterways

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.... more

Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Salad

By KATIE WORKMAN - This is one of those salads that just saves the day over and over again.... more

Horseradish and the Pursuit of Perfect

By MARK RIFFEY - What insignificant thing brings people back again & again?... more

Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

Join us for Kidsfest 2018, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Many Glacier Campground Adds Restrictions After Grizzly Bear Sighting

A northwest Montana campground has temporarily banned tents and soft-sided campers after a grizzly bear made its way into the area.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase 2 Grand Opening Slated for July 26

By BECKY GOODRICH - The public is invited to the Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase II Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. ... more

Registration Open for the Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala

By ERIC TABER - The Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala will be held at the Ranch Club June 28-29 with proceeds benefitting the Montana Football program. ... more

Sheep Return to City Open Space, Pet Owners Required to Leash Dogs Near Herd

By BECKY GOODRICH - Visitors to City open space are reminded: leash your dog when hiking near grazing sheep this summer.... more

Montana Homestead Declaration – Why it’s Important for Homeowners

By ALLISA WINBERG - The state of Montana has a wonderful Homestead Exemption Act that is designed to protect the investment you have made in your home. Here are the details.... more

What’s Your Growth Plan?

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you a doer or an operator? Your growth path depends on the answer.... more

Hauck Adds Three to Griz Roster

By ERIC TABER - Montana head coach Bobby Hauck has added three players, two transfers and a freshman, to the Griz football roster ahead of fall camp, adding depth in three different positions.... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Launch June 6 & 7

For the 33rd consecutive year, the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) has developed a vibrant and robust Out to Lunch Summer Series to commence on Wednesday, June 6.... more

Fatkin to Join Lady Griz

By JOEL CARLSON - Ranked as the nation’s 30th-best point guard in her class by ESPN.com, Sammy Fatkin had options.... more

Summer Guide to Skiing the Beartooth Pass – Where the Locals Ski, Eat & Sleep

By TRAVIS GOODKIND - Skiing the Beartooth Pass is a rite of passage for any serious Montana skier. ... more

Graduation Weekened Means Diploma and Pro Contract For Krslovic

By NIC HALLISEY - When Fabijan Krslovic traveled 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in the summer of 2014, he wasn't quite sure what to expect.... more

Smell Makes Cents

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“Bears of Durango” Triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

“Bears of Durango” received dual awards during a ceremony at the 41st annual International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) on Saturday, April 21st.... more

MCT’s 7th Annual Adapted Performance

On Tuesday, May 8, MCT will present an adapted performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.... more

Boat Carrying Zebra Mussels Stopped at Anaconda Inspection Station

By JOLEEN TADEJ - The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying zebra mussels Friday. ... more

Getting Started, Part One

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you get started in a handyman business? Part one of a two part series.... more

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

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Make Montana Home

By LIZ MARCHI - I Made Montana Home and it’s made my life enormously rich in the things that are meaningful.  Find your meaning in Montana.... more

Too Much Water?

By BRUCE AUCHLY - This year when winter ends, and yes someday it will, talk will turn from snowfall and ice depth to snowmelt, runoff and flooding.... more

Unmet Needs

By MARK RIFFEY - Is there anything that we aren’t doing for you that you wish we would take care of?... more

Chicken Piri Piri

By KATIE WORKMAN - Why spatchcock a chicken? It cooks more quickly and evenly, and also allows for some nice overall browning.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

By BECKY GOODRICH - Mount Jumbo’s South Zone will reopen to public use on Friday, March 30, bringing the area’s annual winter wildlife closure to a close.... more

Death Over Dinner

By LIZ MARCHI - Death over dinner is a nonprofit with a goal of getting us to have the most important conversation we are not having, how we want to die.... more

Grizzly Bears Reported Out on Rocky Mountain Front

Just in time for the beginning of spring, grizzly bears have been reported out on the Rocky Mountain Front.... more

Citrus-Marinated Salmon

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Ask Questions While The Answers Still Matter, Part 1

By MARK RIFFEY - Timely questions can save a client relationship and pay years of dividends to your business.... more

I’m Not in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - What can you do to protect yourself, your parents, or others who may be considering a reverse mortgage?... more

Mini Pizzas

By KATIE WORKMAN - If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.... more

Griz Legend Brent Pease Returns to UM Coaching Staff

By ERIC TABER - Head Coach Bobby Hauck welcomes back Griz legend Brent Pease to his staff to serve as the assistant head coach and receivers coach.... more

Krslovic Carries Montana to 10th Consecutive Win

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana stretched its win streak to double digits on Thursday, knocking off Northern Colorado, 88-79.... more

Halfway Through Big Sky Play, Montana is Taking ‘One-Game-At-a-Time’ Approach

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana reached the midway point of the conference season last weekend, defeating Northern Arizona to improve to 9-0.... more

Dickenson to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

By ERIC TABER - On Monday, the National Football Foundation announced that Dickenson will be immortalized as one of the greatest college football players of all time.... more

Handel’s Julius Caesar February 9-11th

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Oguine Scores 39 in Gutsy Road Win

By NICK HALLISEY- Montana produced its gutsiest win of the season on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a first-half deficit to beat Portland State, 92-89.... more

DeCuire Picks Up 1st Win At Sac State, Grizzlies Alone Atop Big Sky Standings

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Legendary Missoula Organizations Support Skilled Workers

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Impossible Pie

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Liz Marchi: 2018

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