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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MCT Upcoming Show: Shrek the Musical JR

The Missoula Children's Theatre is excited to wave the “freak flag”... more

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

In an effort to stimulate commerce during a traditionally slow quarter,... 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 na... 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

Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

After a long winter, bears are out and about. And, as COVID-19 quarantines continue, humans are seeking solace and activity in the outdoors.... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

Hunters can now check the results of the 2020 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful.... more

Garden City BrewFest Posponed to June 20

After considerable thought and deliberation, the Missoula Downtown Association has decided to postpone Garden City BrewFest due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.... more

Street Sweeping to Start Monday, April 6

Spring is here, and the City of Missoula Street Maintenance Division will begin its street cleaning schedule on Monday, April 6.... more

State Lands Remain Open For Day Use

Fish Wildlife and Parks adjusts facility management in response to COVID-19; and state lands remain open for day use. ... more

MPD and The Shelter in Place Order

MPD is concerned about the well-being and safety of our commumity, and ask the community to voluntarily follow the orders for everyone's health and safety.... more

Griz Football Classics Set For Re-Air on ROOT Sports & SWX

Montana's 1995 National Championship win over Marshall is set to highlight a 31-game slate of Big Sky Conference classic football game re-broadcasts on ROOT Sports and SWX Montana.... more

COVID-19 Update in Downtown Missoula

By LINDA MCCARTHY-We encourage you to continue to care for yourselves and your families, and we ask you to support your business neighbors and friends.... more

Griz Football Season Ticket Renewal Extended

Grizzly Athletics has made the decision to temporarily delay mailing season ticket renewals to current holders.... more

Don’t Flush That

Did you know that the only product designed to properly break-down when flushed is toliet paper?... more

Missoula Community Theatre Postpones Matilda the Musical

the Missoula Community Theatre has made the difficult decision to postpone Matilda the Musical, the final production of the 2019-2020 season.... more

COVID-19 Update in Downtown Missoula

As our country and our community quiets itself in an effort to “reduce the curve”, we are all concerned about how this worldwide pandemic will play out, both globally and locally. We are reminded to slow do... more

Carousel to Close for 10 Days Amid CoVid-19 Concerns

A Carousel for Missoula and Dragon Hollow will be closed for 10 days, from Monday, March 16, through Wednesday, March 25, as a precautionary measure for COVID-19.... more

Grizzly Athletics Announces Social Distancing Measures

The University of Montana Department of Athletics will suspend all practices and group team activities through March 29... more

Montana, Hauck Agree to New Four-Year Contract

The University of Montana and Bobby Hauck, the school's winningest football coach of all time, have agreed to a new four-year contract, extending him through January 2024.... more

Why Employees Leave

By MARK RIFFEY - Who would you hate to lose? Do something about it while you can.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute-meals.... more

Trying Times

BRUCE AUCHLY - This month may be the discontent of our winter, as we keen to hike, hear meadowlarks, smell the earth after a rain. But life does go on in February, even if we don’t notice it.... more

Vandals Continue to Spray Paint Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 Sites

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking information on whomever is responsible for graffiti that continues to be spray painted on FWP sites and other public property near Great Falls.... more

Winter’s Tale

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Right now, it’s too late for hunting, too early for fishing and I’m too old for winter mountain climbing.... more

Change Leadership

By MARK RIFFEY - The nature of change is changing - and so is the pace.... more

Grilled Provencal Chicken and Peppers

By KATIE WORKMAN- This chicken and pepper dish requires only a handful of ingredients, little skill and a small commitment of time by the fire... more

Manuel’s Clutch Free Throws Lift Grizzlies to Slugfest Wim over Hornets

Tied at 50-50 with 5.2 seconds to play, Montana inbounded the ball with the intention to run a cross, hoping to find a backdoor cut down low, or somehow get to the rim.  ... more

Olson, Toure, and O’Donoghue Tabbed First Team All-Americans

By ERIC TABER - The postseason honors continue to pile up for the Montana Grizzlies this week, with a Big Sky-best three standouts being named to the STATS FCS All-America First-Team.... more

Baked Muffin Frittatas

By ELIZABETH KARMEL - I recently became obsessed with these little crustless quiches.They’re more frittata but everyone who eats them likens them to quiche.... more

How Missoula Locals Are Taking Advantage of Online Business

It’s hard to find something unaffected by the internet. But few sectors have changed quite as much as retail.... more

Cheesy Beer Dip with Hot Pretzels

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can imagine the expressions of happiness that will greet you when you plunk down this platter of hot pretzel goodness.... more

Public Encouraged to Vote in Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Through December 27, The public is encouraged to vote in Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest.... more

Ronan’s Sister Sallie’s Thrift Store Raises Funds for Victims of Domestic Abuse

People sharing what they can.  A box of clothing.  Some used furniture.  That old set of dishes.  Over the years, the door to the office would sometimes be blocked with these donations.  Community members ... more

Olson Again Honored for his Work Off the Field

Montana linebacker Dante Olson was twice recognized this week for his commitment to academics and service in the community.... more

Olson Once Again Making a Strong Case for Defensive Player of the Year

By ERIC TABER Montana defensive coordinator Kent Baer's resume reads like a laundry list of some of the greatest programs in college football history. He's coached the Cal Golden Bears, the Stanford Card... more

Top 10 Hikes Around Missoula

By JEFF JONES - An insider's perspective of the top 10 hikes in and around Missoula, Montana.... more

Orediggers Stun Grizzlies in Missoula

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana head coach Travis DeCuire didn't like the urgency his team had been playing with lately, and it showed on Monday as the Grizzlies fell to Montana Tech, 74-72.  ... more

MCT Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE on Stage!

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Fort Peck Summer Theatre, is proud to present A Charlie Brown Christmas live on stage. ... 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, Snow Bear Chalets, located on Hope Slope at Whitefish Mountain Resort is partnering with non-profit charities to raise funds for so many in... 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