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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University of Montana Homecoming – September 20-25

The University of Montana Alumni Association today announced the 2021 H... more

Public Invited to Marshall Mountain Celebration September 12

Missoula Parks and Recreation invites residents to tour the new Marshal... more

Griz Return Home to Face Western Illinois

After picking up one of the biggest wins in program history over the Wa... more

Grizzly Athletics to Open Beer Garden in Washington-Grizzly Stadium

New this season at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, alcohol will be available to purchase at a beer garden located at the south end of the stadium.... more

Montana Improves to No. 4 in Media Poll, Named FCS Team of the Week

After one of the biggest upsets in college football history, Montana has been named the Stats Perform FCS National Team of the Week.... more

Mountain Biking – 5 Crucial Things That You Should Ask as a New Biker

If you are starting as a new biker, what should you know? How can you prepare yourself for mountain biking?... more

ESPN+ to Carry Nine Griz Games This Fall, With Streaming Options for Entire Season

Nine of Montana's 11 regular season football games will now be available to watch nationwide via live stream on ESPN+.... more

Make the Right Choice–Celebrate the End of Summer With a Sober Ride

Missoula law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day weekend.... more

15th Annual River City Roots Festival Aug 27-28

It’s time to reconnect to your community - the 15th Annual River City Roots Festival returns on August 27-28!... more

Griz Picked No. 9 in Coaches’ Preseason Poll

Football coaches around the FCS have picked Montana to finish No. 9 in the AFCA FCS Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll.... more

Audition for MCT’s Nunsense Jamboree

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition on Sunday, August 29th for Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree.... more

A Year with Frong and Toad KIDS Classes Begin Sept.14th

This fun class is back on track and ready for your K-8 student to begin September 14th, exploring the classic friendship of Frog and Toad!... more

2001 National Champion Griz to Reunite for a Good Cause

Led by former head coach Joe Glenn, the 2001 Griz are set to make their triumphant return to Missoula for a team reunion on Oct. 15 and an on-field celebration.... more

Missoula to Host 35th Annual Montana Senior Olympics September 9-11

Montanans ages 50+ are invited to compete in Montana’s 35th annual Senior Olympics (MSO), September 9 through 11 in Missoula.... more

“Good Debt” vs. “Bad Debt”

Understanding your "good debt" vs. "bad debt" is the first step in your personal finance recovery. ... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre Explores Inventions

MCT is closing out the 2021 summer of fun with one more day camp called Inventions--August 16-20 for students grades 4-12.... more

Mount Sentinel to Close Friday Due to Fire Danger

Due to significant fire danger and Stage II fire restrictions, open space on Mount Sentinel will be closed for 24 hours this Friday and Saturday.... more

Griz in at No. 9 in Preseason Media Poll

The Montana Grizzlies slotted in at No. 9 in the preseason edition of the Stats Perform FCS media top-25... more

Kickoff Times for the 2021 Griz Football Season Announced

The Montana Grizzlies will play their home opener against Western Illinois under the lights of Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

Missoula Favorite Lil’ Smokies to Headline River City Roots Festival

The Lil’ Smokies will be the Saturday night headliner for the 15th annual River City Roots Festival in the streets of Downtown Missoula August 27-28, 2021.... more

Dry, Hot Conditions Call For Special Consideration When Living With Wildlife

More than 70 percent of Montana is experiencing severe drought conditions. You can help avoid conflicts with wildlife by following these suggestions:... more

Wildlife Officials, Blackfoot Community Work Together on Fatal Bear Attack Details and Next Steps

Wildlife officials and the local Blackfoot Valley community are working together to wrap up details of the July 6 fatal grizzly bear attack of a camper in Ovando.... more

SteelDrivers Tour Stops in Seeley Lake, MT on August 6, 2021

The GRAMMY- award winning SteelDrivers are coming to Bob Marshall Music Festival on August 6, 2021.... more

Five Griz Named to Preseason All-Big Sky Team

The Montana Grizzlies landed five players on the 30-man Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team, the league announced Monday.... more

Lewis to Carry on the #37 Tradition

Montana senior linebacker Jace Lewis of Townsend has been named the next Grizzly to carry on the #37 legacy jersey tradition.... more

Hauck Named Academic All-American

Montana junior safety Robby Hauck was the only player from the Big Sky Conference named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.... more

Boaters Gearing Up For July 4th Weekend May Need Inspection

As boaters flock to rivers and lakes for the July 4th weekend, keep in mind the rules aimed at preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading.... more

Be Safe on Montana’s Waters This Summer

Montana’s many rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer fun recreational opportunities but it’s important to remember to be safe while enjoying the water.... more

Griz Picked No. 11 in Athlon Preseason Poll

In one of the year's first preseason polls, Montana is slotted in at No. 11 in the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top-25.... more

Missoula’s Beloved Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series are Back!

Downtown Missoula comes to life with the 35th season of Out to Lunch on Wednesday, June 2 and the 20th season of Downtown ToNight on Thursday, June 3. ... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre in-person Performances!

The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a summer of Beanstalks, Frogs, Princes, Buzzards and so much more! ... more

Live Bait Fishing Regulations Vary Across the State

With fishing season in full swing across Montana, anglers need to keep in mind some important regulations pertaining to live bait.... more

DMP Staff & Volunteers Hang 110 Flower Baskets Through Downtown Missoula

This year staff and volunteers will hang 110 flower baskets on Tuesday, May 25 throughout Downtown Missoula.... more

River City Roots Festival Moving Forward

Music. Art. Food. Community. The Missoula Downtown Association’s River City Roots Festival returns to the streets of Downtown Friday and Saturday August 27-28.... more

Sullivan to Remain on Lady Griz Staff

Jordan Sullivan, who has both played and coached for the Lady Griz, with family ties to the program that go deeper than that, will remain as an assistant coach.... more

Ground Game, Defense, Lead Griz to Win Over Portland State

Montana closed its abbreviated spring season with a 48-7 win over Portland State.... more

Downtown Spring Ladies Night April 21 in Downtown Missoula

After a year hiatus, a springtime favorite returns to Downtown Missoula on Wednesday, April 21. ... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The wait is over as the deer and elk permit drawing is complete, just 12 days after the application deadline. ... more

Griz Host Portland State to Cap Spring Season

And just like that, the Montana Grizzlies' spring season enters the home stretch as UM prepares to take on Portland State in its second and final game of April.... more

Montana to Host Full-Capacity Football Games in Fall of ’21

The University of Montana department of athletics announced Tuesday its intention to return to full-capacity attendance at Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the fall 2021 football season.... more

MCT Presents Schoolhoue Rock Live!

To close the 50th Anniversary year, the Missoula Community Theatre is going back to school and the stage with Schoolhouse Rock Live! ... more

MCT Presents Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS

Come on inside the Magic Tree House with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), as they present the musical adaptation of Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. ... more

Montana Athletics Rolls Out Spring Football Ticket Process

Roughly 5,000 fans will get the chance to watch the Montana Grizzlies take on Central Washington and Portland State live and in-person at Washington-Grizzly Stadium this spring... more

Creating a New Path: Habitat Receives Unsolicited $100,000 Donation

HFHM was recently gifted a $100,000 check from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.... more

Spring Cleanup: Street Sweeping Starts Tuesday, March 30

Spring is here, and the City of Missoula’s Street Operations & Maintenance Division will begin its street sweeping schedule on Tuesday, March 30. ... more

Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.”... more

Attendance, Kick Times, and Broadcast Details Set For Griz Spring Games

The Montana football team will have a limited number of fans in attendance at its two spring football games, kick times have been confirmed.... more

MDA Commences Planning & Production of Summer Events with Cautious Optimism

The Missoula Downtown Association will plan to host a modified (i.e. limited) version of the beloved Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Summer Series events, beginning the first week of June.... more

Montana’s Offense Reloaded for 2021

When the Montana Grizzlies take the field for their first official practice of spring on Friday, one of their many offensive weapons will be running back Marcus Knight.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Closure Extended to March 22

In consultation with wildlife biologists at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Parks and Recreation has extended the Mt. Jumbo South Zone winter wildlife closure to March 22.... more

MCT Announces Summer Day Camps

MCT is excited to host 6 summer day camps: Jack and the Beanstalk (June 14-18 and July 5-9); The Frog Prince (June 21-25 and July 12-16) and The Wiz of the West (June 28-July 2 and July 19-23).... more

Montana’s Namesake Ship, USS Montana, is Launched – Commissioning into the Navy Fleet a Step Closer

The future USS Montana has been launched in Newport News, Virginia.... more

Montana Adds Spring Game vs. Portland State

The Montana Grizzlies have added another opponent to the 2021 modified spring schedule, with Portland State set to visit Washington-Grizzly Stadium in a non-conference matchup on April 17.... more

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Day Camp March 15-19

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast will mosey on to the stage of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts March 15-19. Open to students in grades K-12.... more

2021 Smith River Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2021 are now available online at fwp.mt.gov.... more

Levee Maintenance Work to Begin March 1 Intermittent North Riverfront Trail Section Closures

The City’s Storm Water Utility will begin routine vegetation maintenance on two Clark Fork River levees on Monday, March 1, with completion by April 15, weather dependent... more

Avalanche Danger on Mount Jumbo!

Avalanche danger is present on Mount Jumbo, public urged to stay off the mountain.... more

Hunting and Fishing License Year Begins March 1st

The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2021 hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses.... more

2020 Big Sky Schedule Moved to 2021

The Big Sky Conference announced Wednesday it has approved moving the fall 2020 conference football schedule to the fall of 2021, restoring the slate of games that had previously been canceled.... more

Montana, Montana State Men’s Basketball Series Canceled

This week's two-game Big Sky Conference men's basketball series between Montana and Montana State has been canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test within Montana's program.... more

MCT Upcoming Show: Shrek the Musical JR

The Missoula Children's Theatre is excited to wave the “freak flag” and raise the collective laughter level of the world as it presents Shrek The Musical JR. ... more

Downtown Dine Local Week Jan. 25-31 in Downtown Missoula

In an effort to stimulate commerce during a traditionally slow quarter, the Downtown Missoula Partnership will be hosting the first-ever Downtown Dine Local Week.... more

National Parks You Need to Visit When in Montana

If you’ve set your heart on Montana for your next trip, here are 8 national parks you absolutely need to visit during your visit. ... more

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula wins competitive award in national Habitat Home Design Contest

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula (HfHM) is excited to announce it has won the Best in Affordability award for Habitat for Humanity International’s Home Design Contest.... more

Montana Schools to Play Modified Spring Football Season

The football programs at the University of Montana and Montana State University announced jointly on Friday that neither team will participate in the Big Sky Conference's spring championship season.... more

Louie-McGee Signs Contract to Play at Edmonton

Montana's record-breaking wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee has officially signed to play professionally for the Edmonton Football Team of the Canadian Football League.... more

Montana Earns Upset Win Over Washington

It was a happy homecoming for head coach Travis DeCuire, who earned a 66-58 win over the Washington Huskies on Wednesday night.... more

Noteworthy Wins Best Overall in Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Noteworthy Paper & Press, located at 219 S. 3rd St. W, won Best Overall Window in the 22nd annual Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest, coordinated by the Missoula Downtown Association. ... more

MCT presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Take a holiday trip back to the 1940’s with the Missoula Community Theatre during It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Dec. 10-20. ... more

Mick Holien, “Voice of the Griz” for a Generation, Remembered as One of “The Good Guys”

Grizzly Athletics plans to pay tribute to Holien in the fall of 2021 when the fans he cared for so much are once again able to pack into Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Dahlberg Arena.... more

Downtown Missoula Gearing up for a Very Illuminating Holiday Season

Whether you safely enjoy the mistletoe, Santa, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or you don’t celebrate at all, Downtown Missoula welcomes you, our holiday season, and the chance to bask in the warmth of the hearth of our h... more

Montana Basketball Season to Start Without Fans for Home Games

The Montana basketball teams will start the upcoming season without fans for their home games at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Targeted New Economic District Expected To Improve Infrastructure At Wye West of Missoula

Industrial development is the key to economic growth in any region. However, it involves many processes, including planning and development, procurement, designing, and construction. ... more

Leaf Collection Starts Monday, Nov. 2

The City of Missoula will begin fall leaf pickup on Monday, Nov. 2, starting in the neighborhoods north of the Clark Fork River during the first week (Area 1).... more

MCT Presents On-Stage and Live Streaming of Souvenir

In the wake of cancelling the Missoula Community Theatre’s production of Matilda, MCT has found a true gem to bring to the stage that can be produced while following health and safety protocols. ... more

Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

So, whether you approach this old school, new school or somewhere in the middle, the cooler days approaching promise to be flavorful.... more

Tiemann Named “Voice of the Lady Griz”

The University of Montana women’s basketball program welcomes a new play-by-play broadcaster this season: Shawn Tiemann ... more

Missoula Community Theatre’s Matilda CANCELLED

MCT’s Executive Director, Michael McGill, has announced the final decision to cancel the Missoula Community Theatre’s Matilda.... more

New Downtown Boulevard Banners Feature Things We Love About Downtown Missoula

For the first time in 22 years, new Downtown Missoula canvas banners will showcase what folks love about Missoula: Caras Park, music, food, shopping, biking, sunshine and Mount Sentinel.... more

Olson, Louie-McGee Named to Edmonton’s Negotiation List

Former Grizzlies Dante Olson and Jerry Louie-McGee have been added to the Edmonton Football Team's negotiation list, officially claiming the exclusive Canadian Football League rights of the two Montana stan... more

Great Activities for Students in Missoula

Planning to visit Missoula but don't know how to have fun? The city has many interesting locations. Here are great activities for students in Missoula.... more

How Businesses In Missoula Are Putting Customers First As They Reopen Post C-19

As businesses slowly reopen, they are taking multiple steps to implement strict safety and health policies and ensure the residents of Missoula remain healthy and safe in the post-C-19 period.... more

Registration Open for the Wizard of Oz with MCT

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) is excited to announce that registration is open for all of its local chil-dren’s programming, beginning with the fall production of The Wizard of Oz. ... more

Bear Spray – Carry it, Know How to Use it This Fall

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn these bear-aware safety measures.... more

2020 Big Game Hunting Forecast

Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program.... more

Griz Picked No. 7 in Preseason Media Poll

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies were slotted in at No. 7 in the first, and only, STATS Perform FCS Top 25 media poll of the year, the organization announced Tuesday.... more

Big Sky Postpones All Fall Sports Until Spring 2021

Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the Big Sky Conference is postponing all competition for its fall sports to spring 2021.... more

Make the Right Choice – Celebrate the End of Summer With a Sober Ride

Local Law Enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day Weekend.... more

FWP Reminder: SUP Users Must Have Life Jacket on Board

The use of stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) has exploded in Montana over the past few years. And while the vessels are fun and easy to use, SUPs have equipment requirements, just like other vessels.... more

Centerfield Cinema: Stop Making Sense

Ready to have a (safe, socially-distanced) dance party? This may be as close as we see to a concert under the Big Sky this summer!... more

Statement on Montana’s Home Football Game Against Morehead State

Morehead State has informed Montana director of athletics Kent Haslam of their intention to obtain a waiver from the Pioneer League to play the Montana/Morehead State game as scheduled.  ... more

FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Anglers to Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year. ... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre August Bonus Camps

These innovative Monday-Friday camps will take place Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 10-14. Space is limited to 20 participants per camp.... more

Griz Picked Second in Big Sky Preseason Polls

The Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish second in the 2020 Big Sky title race by the league's coaches and media.... more

Surplus Drawing Licenses and Permits Handled in New Way

Hunters interested in purchasing licenses or permits left over from the special license and permit drawing will find a different process this year.... more

Longtime Relationships Help Griz Land Transfers From Louisville and Arizona

A pair of recruiting journeys years in the making came full circle for Grizzly head coach Bobby Hauck and his staff this week.... more

Big Sky Kickoff Moved to July 23-24

The Big Sky Conference's annual Football Kickoff has been moved up to Thurs. July 23-24. All 13 league head coaches and one student-athlete from each football program will participate.... more

Healthcare Industry in Montana Shed Jobs Amid Covid-19

Hospitals across the country, including those in Montana, reduced operations to prepare for an increased load of coronavirus cases.... more

Men’s Basketball Garners Academic Honors From NABC

The Montana men's basketball team was recognized for its academic merit earning the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the third time in the past five seasons.... more

A Good Time To Raise Prices

Is now, in the middle of COVID, a good time to raise prices? Maybe.... more

Salmon Panzanella

By KATIE WORKMAN - Pink salmon, bright tomatoes (grab multicolored ones if that’s an option), flecks of purpley onion, pale chunks of toasty bread and a drizzle of bright green basil oil—a virtual rainbow.... more

Missoula’s Annual Chip Seal Program at Work

Street maintenance crews will be applying oil and chips to city streets as part of the City’s annual Street Maintenance Chip Seal Program, which runs July 20-Aug. 6.... more

Third Season of the Unseen Missoula Guided Walking Tours Begin in June

With a focus on providing safe, educational, and entertaining opportunities in Downtown Missoula, Unseen Missoula Guided Walking Tours are back for a third season! ... more

MDA to Forego Out to Lunch & Downtown Tonight for 2020

With a focus on community health and safety and compliance, the MDA will cancel the annual Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Summer Series for 2020.  ... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) Performing Arts Camps Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Because of health, safety and travel concerns around COVID-19, MCT has made the difficult decision to cancel all overnight camps for the summer of 2020.... more

28th Annual Garden City Brewfest Cancelled for 2020

With an eye towards community care and safety, the Missoula Downtown Association has made the decision to cancel the 28th annual Garden City BrewFest for now.... more

Montana Opens at No. 7 in First Preseason Poll

With summer underway and the fall season approaching, the first preseason prognostication was released on Wednesday by the FCS editors of HERO Sports.... more

Orphaned Grizzly Cubs Going to Bearizona Wildlife Park

Working jointly, staff from Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found a home for three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned last month. ... more

Man Injured in Grizzly Bear Attack on Sun River

A man was attacked by a female grizzly bear on Sunday morning near the Sun River. The attack left the man with non-life-threatening injuries.... more

Griz Adjust 2020 Summer Camp Slate

The Grizzlies will now host two camps for high school-age players in the month of July as well as a pair of youth camps in June... more

Beartooth Wildlife Management Area Opens May 15 to Day-Use Only

To coordinate with local and federal partners, Beartooth WMA opens May 15 to day-use only; other WMAs open as usual with social distancing protocols in place.... more

Clark Fork River Market Opens With Curbside Pickup Service

The Clark Fork River Market kicked off the season a little differently on Monday when it began accepting online orders for its new curbside pickup service.... more

Missoula Dowtown Foundation Begins Disbursing Funds to Downtown Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The Missoula Downtown Foundation (MDF) established a Downtown Missoula Business Support Fund to assist businesses and organizations negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. ... more

FWP Announces Updates to COVID-19-Related Closures and Suspensions

People looking to get outside and enjoy spring will continue to have ample opportunities with Gov. Steve Bullock's phased approach to re-opening the state.... more

Olson Signs with Philadelphia Eagles

The greatest tackler in Montana and Big Sky Conference history received the chance to make a literal dream of a lifetime come true Saturday, signing with the Eagles.... more

Tom Stage Has Signed Off For the Last Time

The voice of the Lady Griz? That’s a designation, and now honorific, that belongs to Tom Stage, who retired over the weekend after calling Montana women’s basketball games for 25 seasons.... more

Pet Nutrition: The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Food

Owning a dog can improve the quality of your life, can decrease your blood pressure, your cholesterol levels, and your feelings of loneliness.... more

Big Sky Conference to Re-Air Several Griz Basketball Games This Week on Pluto TV

Montana fans can get their basketball fix this week, with the Big Sky Conference announcing it will re-air 15 recent basketball games on Pluto TV (channel 530).... more