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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Orediggers Stun Grizzlies in Missoula

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana head coach Travis DeCuire didn't like the u... more

MCT Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE on Stage!

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Fort Peck Su... more

Snow Bear Chalets Launches “The Giving Treehouse” Philanthropic Program to Aid Non-Profits

Recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 World's Greatest Places, ... more

Griz Up to #3 in National Polls Ahead of Brawl of the Wild

As expected, the Montana Grizzlies have risen to No. 3 in the major national polls this week after a 35-16 demolition of the previously third-ranked Weber State Wildcats over the weekend.... more

Montana WILD and VA Program Helps Veterans Recover From PTSD, Substance Abuse

A collaborative program between the Montana Veterans Affairs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s Montana WILD has earned national attention.... more

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

By KATIE WORKMAN - I think this is (possibly) the best Brussels sprouts recipe I have ever made. They are roasted and then tossed while still warm with an assertive dressing.... more

Griz Make Statement With Dominant Win Over #3 Weber State

By ERIC TABER - Fueled by big plays and a dominant defense, the No. 4/5 Griz rolled to a 35-16 win against No. 3 Weber State in a battle of the Big Sky's top two teams.... more

Toure, Lewis Named ROOT Sports Big Sky Players of the Week

By ERIC TABER - For the second time this season and only the third time since 2013, two Montana Grizzlies have been named ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Players of the Week.... more

Griz Rise in Polls Setting Up Top-5 Showdown With Weber State

The Montana Grizzlies rose to No. 4 in the NCAA FCS Coaches' Poll and No. 5 in the STATS FCS Media Poll on Monday, setting up a top-5 showdown with No. 3 Weber State on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in... more

Pridgett Lifts Grizzlies Past Lights

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana earned its first victory of the season, pulling out a 64-50 win over MSU Northern on Sunday afternoon.... more

Montana Overcomes Early Errors to Beat Idaho

By ERIC TABER - The No. 6 Grizzlies scored 28 unanswered points in three quarters after facing a double-digit deficit early en route to the win over Idaho on Saturday.... more

Missoula Sailor Participates in Multinational Exercise in Africa

Lt. Justin Mueller, from Missoula, Montana, is currently serving in Djibouti, Africa participating in the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2019... more

Sneed Named to “Performer of the Year” Watch List

By ERIC TABER - On Tuesday, College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) recognized Dalton Sneed with a place on its midseason FCS National Performer of the Year watchlist.... more

Griz Move up to #5/6 in Weekly Polls

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies returned to the top five in one of the two main national rankings this week following a decisive 38-23 road win over Portland State that improved the Griz to 7-2 on the sea... more

Big Game Hunters Need to Be Bear Aware on Front

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Grizzly bear sign on the Rocky Mountain Front has led to a Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist to remind hunters to be bear aware.... more

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

Spoonbread is a wonderfully old-fashioned dish that should not be relegated to the tables of old-fashioned cooks.... more

Strong 2nd Half Lifts Montana to Impressive Road Win at Portland State

By ERIC TABER - All season Montana has been a second-half team, and that hasn't been more apparent than it was on Saturday, when the Grizzlies rallied for a 38-23 victory at Portland State.... more

Ground Game Gets Going asGriz Run Over Eagles

By ERIC TABER - The win brings Montana to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Sky, keeping them in the hunt for the Big Sky Championship.... more

“Equitable Homes for All” Subject of Two Public Meetings

“In My Backyard: Equitable Homes for All” is a two-part series of free public meetings to explore: How do we finance housing to bring down the cost and where do we put it? ... more

Griz and Lady Griz Hold Maroon & Silver Scrimmage and 3-Point Competition on 10/22

By NIC HALLISEY - Griz fans will have their first opportunity to watch the 2019-20 Montana men's and women'sbasketball teams on Tuesday, as they hold their annual Maroon & Silver Scrimmage.... more

Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Workday Slated for October 26

By BECKY GOODRICH - Parks and Recreation and the Missoula Rose Society invite residents to volunteer in the Garden, located at 800 Brooks, on Saturday, October 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.... more

MCT Presents Freaky Friday Oct. 24-Nov. 3

The Missoula Community Theatre (MCT) proudly presents the new musical, Freaky Friday, Oct. 24-Nov. 3 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. ... more

MCT Holds Auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies

The Missoula Community Theatre will hold an open audition for the non-musical farce Leading Ladies on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 1:00-4:00 PM.... more

Carousel Receives Generous Donation in Memory of Carver, Alex McDonald

By THERESA COX - Patricia Donlin, of Port Angeles, Washington, has given A Carousel for Missoula $1 million dollars as a memorial to her younger brother, Alex McDonald. McDonald, one of the original Carousel ca... more

New International Speaker Series Kicks Off Oct 21 at the Roxy Theater

NEW ZEALAND - The first International Community Speaker Series (ICSS) event,is this Monday, Oct 21, at 7:00 p.m., at the Roxy theater. The event is FREE and open to the public! ... more

Local Snowmobile Store to Host Annual Avalanche Training Event

Gull Boats & RV will host a free annual avalanche traiing event at Big Sky Brewing on October 30 at 6pm featuring instructor Mike Duffy from the American Avalanche Association.... more

Griz Rise to No. 5/6 in Weekly Polls

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies continued their march up the national weekly polls on Monday, landing in the top-five for the first time this season.  ... more

Service Members and Veterans to Receive Ticket Discount for Military Appreciation Day

By ERIC TABER - Montana Grizzlies are offering a discount on tickets to UM's Military Appreciation football game against Idaho, set for Nov. 9 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

How to Have a Successful Business in Missoula? With Marketing Tactics!

As enterprises strive to develop a strong presence, gain a competitive edge, and drive more sales, they implement marketing tactics with proven effectiveness to do so.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN -While most of my recipes are weeknight-friendly — I decided to create recipes that were extra quick for those nights when even a half hour seems impossible to find.... more

Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

By BRUCE AUCHLY - With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around western Montana should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly bear.... more

Invasive Mussels Found on Boat at CSKT AIS Check Station

A boat from Chicago bound for Seattle was quarantined and decontaminated at the Ravalli watercraft inspection station operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).... more

Sneed named National Offensive Player of the Week

By ERIC TABER - Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed was named the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career following UM's 59-20 win.... more

Griz Rebound From Slow Start to Route Bengals

By ERIC TABER - Montana proved it is a championship-caliber team and kept its season rolling with a 59-20 win over the Bengals to improve its record to 5-1.... more

Explore: The Flathead Maze

The maze took about four weeks and hundreds of hours to assemble.... more

Increase Sales By Making Deployment Easier

By MARK RIFFEY - Has your team ever watched your customers unpack, assemble, & use your product?... more

Apple Crumble

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN -The arrival of apple season is a worthy consolation prize for the departure of summer.... more

Louie-McGee named ROOT Sports Big Sky Player of the Week

For any of the 24,000-plus watching on Saturday night the following news will come as no surprise: Montana's Jerry Louie-McGee has been named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Wee... more

How to Marinate Just About Anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, submerge them in a marinade, and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner.... more

Oven-Roasted Salmon with Tangerine and Ginger Relish

Salmon is often roasted in butter, but we wanted a healthier approach that would contrast with the fish’s richness. So we made a bright tangerine relish perked up with spicy ginger.... more

Carousel Reopens With a Little Help From Our Friends

By THERESA COX - A Carousel for Missoula reopened on Thur., Aug. 8, following a fifteen-day closure due to a broken cylinder bearing.... more

New-Look Grizzly O-Line Bigger and Better in 2019

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies hit the weight room for the first time at fall camp on Monday morning, and also hit the scales to gather official weights and heights.... more

Mumford Concert Logistics

The sold-out Mumford & Sons concert at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field the evening of Aug. 11 will draw thousands of fans to Missoula's civic stadium.... more

Griz Open Season Ranked No. 25

The excitement surrounding the 2019 Grizzly football season continues to rise on the eve of the first practice of the year.... more

Moroccan Chicken Salad

We were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots, lemon and warm spices By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN for the Flathead Beacon For a creative chicken salad, we were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots... more

Customers For Life Are Often Made, Rather Than Found

By MARK RIFFEY - On their worst day, what can you do to make your customer's situation better, less frustrating, and memorable in a positive way?... more

Griz QBs Feature Depth and Versatility in 2019

By ERIC TABER -0 The Montana Grizzlies officially return to the field in one week's time with the first practice of fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6 starting the leadup to the season opener at South Dakota.... more

Great Griz Encounter And Movie Night Returns August 23

Join us at Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the Great Griz Encounter! giving fans the chance to meet both the Montana football and volleyball teams.... more

What Kinds Of Posts Do People Engage With On Social Media?

The image your brand portrays on social media plays an important role in your success online.... more

Season Ticket Pick Up Party Set for Aug. 14

Season ticket holders will again get a head start on the season at the annual ticket pick up party, scheduled from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on August 14 at the Adams Center lobby.... more

Missoula’s Annual Chip Seal Program at Work

City of Missoula Street Division crews are hard at work applying oil and chips to city streets in the City’s annual Chip Seal Street Maintenance Program July 22 through Aug. 8.... more

Broadway Beat Performances at MCT Aug 8-10

From Motown to rock to disco to pop to punk, a Broadway Beat has emerged that the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) will celebrate Thu., Aug. 8-Sat., Aug. 10.... more

Griz Picked Fourth, Fitfth, in Preseason Polls

By ERIC TABER - With a first-place vote in each, the Grizzlies have been selected to finish fourth by the Big Sky Conference's coaches and fifth by the media in the league's annual preseason polls.... more

Mexican Street Corn

In Mexico, vendors sell this messy, cheesy, utterly delicious grilled corn from carts.... more

Accountability Starts With You

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you holding your team members accountable for their work based on key performance indicators (KPIs), key process areas (KPAs), and/or key result areas (KRAs)?... more

Boaters: Remember to “Clean, Drain, Dry” This Summer

By JOLEEN TADEJ - The summer boating season in Montana has begun, and more than 24,000 watercraft have already been inspected at aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. ... more

Lighting the Tree of Resilience

Missoula's Western Montana Lighting has the honor of supporting art installation for Parkinson’s disease awareness.... more

Montana Football: Griz Women’s Football Clinic Set for June 6

By ERIC TABER - Announcing the return of the Griz Women's Football Clinic, a fun way for female fans to learn more about football and interact with coaches and staff.... more

Please Volunteer to Help Save the Dragon

Approximately one-third of that number have signed up to date. Another 1,500 volunteers are needed to turn Dragon Hollow into an all-abilities playground.... more

Breakfast Tacos With Bacon

By AMERICA'S KITCHEN - When making these delicious breakfast tacos, there are two ways to cook bacon.... more

The Markets Are Back in Town

Clark Fork Farmer's Market, Missoula Farmers Market, Missoula People's Market is starting in Missoula in May!... more

27th Annual Garden City Brewfest Features Over 70 Beers, Ciders & Wine

By BRAM MOORE - Over 70 beers from 43 different breweries will be available for tasting at the 27th Annual Garden City BrewFest on Saturday, May 4.... more

Montana’s Special Drawing Deadlines Reminder

Montana FWP's deadlines to apply for special license drawings is May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for the elk B, deer B and antelope license drawings.... more

Mount JumboNorth Zone to Remain Closed until May 15

By BECKY GOODRICH - Parks and Recreation, in consultation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, has extended the winter wildlife closure for Mount Jumbo’s North Zone.... more

High Water is Dangerous. Don’t Go!

Snowmelt creates high water in our streams and rivers. You might want to get out there in your boat, but high water can be deadly when conditions are too extreme for safe boating.... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

By JOLEEN TADEJ - The wait is over. Hunters can now check the results of the 2019 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful.... more

Team USA is Coming to Montana, Looking for Olympic Hopefuls

By NIC HALLISEY - The United States Olympic Committee has selected the University of Montana as one of six testing locations and will host a pro day on campus on Monday, April 29.... more

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

World-wide fly-fishing adventures will be premiered at the 2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival, April 27 at the Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT.... more

Dragon Hollow Expansion in Need of Volunteers and Tools

A Carousel for Missoula is looking for 2,300 volunteers to help refurbish and expand Dragon Hollow Playarea. ... more

Thinking About Your Thinking

By MARK RIFFEY - What else can go wrong? What'd we assume? How would others think about this?... more

Spaghetti with Lemon and Pine Nuts

This is endlessly adaptable, depending on what you have in your pantry.... more

Montana, DeCuire Agree to New 3-Year Contract

By NIC HALLISEY - The University of Montana announced on Monday a new contract for head basketball coach Travis DeCuire.... more

Balanced Griz Take Field for Opening Scrimmage of Spring

By ERIC TABER - When the first scrimmage of spring football rolls around, fans usually come away thinking one side of the ball "won" the scrimmage.... more

New Community Transportation Plan Set For Implementation Soon

The community of Missoula is determined to make the roads of the city safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.... more

Shed Hunters Should Give Wildlife a Break

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts.... more

Garlic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

We started by infusing our chicken broth with a megadose of garlic, before adding tender morsels of chicken.... more

Griz Adjust Spring Schedule

By ERIC TABER - Winter conditions and an icy playing surface in Washington-Grizzly Stadium continue to wreak havoc on the Montana Grizzlies' spring practice schedule.... more

Time to Celebrate the Seniors, Saturday vs. Southern Utah

By NIC HALLISEY - Saturday isn't the end of the road or even the team's last home game of the season. But it will be the night Montana will celebrate its tremendous senior class.... more

Win Streak Snapped at 10 Games

By NIC HALLISEY - A winning streak that began 44 days ago at Northern Colorado ended against the same Bears team on Monday night.... more

Griz Run Win Streak to 10 With Victory Over Bobcats

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana earned yet another season sweep over rival MSU on Saturday night, leading from start to finish with a sold-out crowd.... more

Montana Looks to Extend Streak vs. Montana State

By NIC HALLISEY - With three weeks to play in the regular season, Montana has hit the home stretch and is in a good spot with six games remaining.... more

Chicken Enchiladas in the Slow Cooker

We wanted a more streamlined recipe for chicken enchiladas, one that utilized our slow cooker to make the filling.... more

Griz Use 2 Big Runs to Bounce Bengals

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana closed the first half on an 18-3 run, making 10 consecutive shots at one point, to overcome an early deficit on the road.... more

Pridgett’s big night leads Grizzlies to sweep over Wildcats

By NIC HALLISEY - With the game on the line and under a minute to play, it was Sayeed Pridgett who scored the game-winning basket.... more

Seeking Vendors, Bands for Missoula Downtown 2019 Summer Events

The deadline to submit applications to be a vendor or band for Summer 2019 Missoula Downtown events is March 1.... more

Can you help your customers too much? Part 1

By MARK RIFFEY - When providing help is both the lifeblood and possible death of your business... more

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Zuppa di fagioli alla toscana is a quintessential bean dish.... more

Vaping Laws in Missoula Montana

As vaping continues to grow in popularity, various states and municipalities are expanding their laws and regulations that govern the entire scene.... more

Missoula in Motion Launches January Clear the Air Challenge

For the month of January, Missoula In Motion will challenge citizens to reduce the amount of C02 they emit into the air by trying to limit their solo driving trips.... more

Finish Important Work This Year

By MARK RIFFEY - Everything will not magically change the week of January 1st. It didn’t last year, remember?... more

Montana Cowboy Culture Remains Alive and Kicking

There’s also plenty of good reasons why Montana has earned some of its unofficial nicknames. ... more

Shrimp Scampi

When I last made my way through a mediocre rendition of Shrimp Scampi, I decided it was time to realize this ideal scampi vision at home.... more

Olson Named First-Team All American Defense By Hero Sports

By ERIC TABER - Dante Olson has added another trophy to the case. The junior linebacker landed his fourth first-team All-America honor in the past week. ... more

Seven Deer Killed in Montana Test Positive for Wasting Disease

Officials say seven more deer killed by hunters in Montana have tested positive for a brain wasting disease.... more

Monkey Bread

The name “monkey” refers to how you eat this sweet treat – with your hands.... more

An Essay on a Bird Feeder

By BRUCE AUCHLY - All animals that spend at least part of their lives in Montana have three strategies for coping with winter: leave, go to sleep or tough it out.... more

Liz Marchi: Life Interrupted

By LIZ MARCHI - As I age, I have found it very valuable to look at life’s circumstances as opportunities to learn more about this amazing journey we call life.... more

Finish Something.

By MARK RIFFEY - Unfinished, procrastinated tasks have the same effect as that bag of flour. Finish something today. Check that box.... more

Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze. ... more

Griz Rally Falls Short Against Cats

By ERIC TABER - In the biggest game of the year it was a fumble that cost the Griz a chance at victory over Montana State and a chance at the playoffs.... more

Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can certainly cook this stuffing in the turkey if you want, but I rather love it in a pan, so the top gets crispy and browned.... more

Compelling Reasons to Buy

By MARK RIFFEY - Your chances of success improve when you meet someone's needs and/or wants with a compelling offer.... more

Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, but Border Rules Still Apply

By MOLLY PRIDDY - No marijuana is allowed in or out of the country through the borders, even if it's legal in the U.S.... more

Montana Picked to Repeat as Big Sky Champions

By NIC HALLISEY - The Grizzlies were picked to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions in 2019, earning a near-unanimous selection.... more

Olson Added to Buchanan Award Watch List

By ERIC TABER - Junior linebacker Dante Olson has been nothing short of superb for the Grizzlies as he's worked his way to becoming the leading tackler in all of Division-I football.... more

Archery Hunter Breaks Arm in Grizzly Bear Attack Near Gardiner

By JOLEEN TADEJ - An archery hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear Saturday near Gardiner, sustaining wounds to his arm and face.... more

Hauck Named to Rice Award Watch List

By NIC HALLISEY - Halfway through his freshman season, Robby Hauck has become the second-leading tackler in the Big Sky after six games.... more

Really Bad Advice

By MARK RIFFEY - Business is hard enough without taking bad advice.... more

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

By SARA MOULTON - Eat these toasted seeds straight up, like nuts, or add them to soups or salads.... more

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

By BECKY GOODRICH - Fort Missoula Regional Park invites kids and their families to the 18th Annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Play Day on Saturday, October 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.... more

Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

By KATIE WORKMAN - Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can also make this stew in a slow cooker. ... more

Hiring Right Saves Money

By MARK RIFFEY - I know… when you find a highly qualified candidate, you don’t want to look for disqualifying info. Do it anyway.... more

Olson Three-Peats as Big Sky Player of the Week

By ERIC TABER - They say good things come in threes, and for Montana junior linebacker Dante Olson, they sure do.... more

Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

By KATIE WORKMAN - You’ll probably dream about them until you eat them again.... more

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

Nic Hallisey - Montana hit the court for its first official practice of 2018-19 on Friday afternoon, and with four starters and more than 80 percent of its statistical leaders returning.... more

Feeling Strong?

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Technology gives us some advantages over wildlife. But when it comes to strength, agility and speed never bet against the animals.... more

Liz Marchi: Picking Raspberries

By LIZ MARCHI - The greatest reward for me in my modicum of new found patience is picking raspberries... more

Auditions for Elf The Musical at Missoula Community Theatre

By MICHELLE NYE - The Missoula Community Theatre will hold an open audition for Elf the Musical on Sunday, September 30 from 12:30-4:30 PM. ... more