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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Centerfield Cinema: Stop Making Sense

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Missoula Children’s Theatre August Bonus Camps

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

With a focus on providing safe, educational, and entertaining opportuni... more

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

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28th Annual Garden City Brewfest Cancelled for 2020

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How Taking CBD Helps In Improving Your Immune System

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

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6 Tips to Give Your Skin That Rejuvenated Glow

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Missoula Community Theatre Postpones Matilda the Musical

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Why Your Teens Need More Sleep Than You

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Amazing Role of Cannabis in Helping People with Cardiovascular Disease

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How Does CBD Oil Make Your Feel?

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How Organic Food is Making the World a Better Place

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself For A Happier Life

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Things You Can Do To Be Healthier This New Year

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Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents Disney’s Frozen, JR.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is ecstatic to present Disney’s Frozen JR., February 6-8, 2020. ... more

Fun Things to Do with Your Family to Make the Most of Your Upcoming Weekend

Here are a few things to do to guarantee you’ll enjoy your family time together: ... more

4 Alternative Ways to Spend Time in a New Place

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Original Mattress Factory and The Bed Buying Tips For Families

Here are some helpful tips from the Original Mattress Factory on how to buy a new mattress for families.... more

Public Encouraged to Vote in Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest

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5 Simple Ways to Get Intagram Followers

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Music to Your Ears: What Age Should You Start Music Lessons For Your Child?

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17th Annual Parade of Lights in Downtown Missoula Saturday, December 7

Santa Claus is coming to town for the 17th Annual Parade of Lights!  More than just a parade, this beloved event features children’s activities at over 25 downtown locations.... more

Tips on Cleaning a Big House

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Sports Betting Coming Soon to Missoula – Online Gambling to Follow?

Towards the end of this year, Montana is expected to legalize sports betting.... more

MCT Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE on Stage!

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

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Top Tips On Preparing Your Home For The Holidays

Here are a few essential tasks to get your home ready for the season and ease some of your holiday stress.... more

5 Ways to Increase Twitter Followers

Twitter remains one of the best ways to communicate your message to people online. However, it can be difficult to find the best way to build your Twitter profile.... more

MCT Presents Freaky Friday Oct. 24-Nov. 3

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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

Explore: The Flathead Maze

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Solution is in Sight for Carousel Closure

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Great Griz Encounter And Movie Night Returns August 23

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Broadway Beat Performances at MCT Aug 8-10

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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

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

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

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

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

Montana Cowboy Culture Remains Alive and Kicking

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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

The Art of Making Good Decisions And the Science Behind It

There is a lot of science behind the decisions we make, but in the end, good decision-making is an art.... more

Liz Marchi: Picking Raspberries

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

8 Inspiring Films to Boost Your Studies

By NICOLAS WALKER - These are eight films which encourage you always to learn more.... more

Auditions for Elf The Musical at Missoula Community Theatre

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Stories And Stones Historical Tour

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Shop Until You Drop In Missoula

By CINDY CUMMINGS - Missoula has plenty to offer any shopper. Don’t be surprised if you have one too many bags to carry after you are done.... more

Missoula Community Theatre Announces Auditions for Sister Act

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition on Sunday, August 26 for Sister Act. The audition will take place from 12:30-6:00 PM.... more

2018 River City Roots Festival

Don't miss the 2018 River City Roots Festival in Caras Park August 24-25!... more

Andorcles and the Lion with MCT

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) will present a fast-paced, funny version of Aesop’s classic story Adocles and the Lion, Sept 13-14.... 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

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Audition for Sister Act

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Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

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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

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

Smell Makes Cents

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Realtors are gearing up for the busiest time of the year. Smell, believe it or not, plays a big role in the whole process.... more

MCT’s 7th Annual Adapted Performance

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

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

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

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

Handel’s Julius Caesar February 9-11th

Handel’s Julius Caesar runs February 9-11at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. ... more

Liz Marchi: 2018

By LIZ MARCHI - The best laugh I got from New Year’s greeting yesterday was Happy 2018, may you look 20 and feel 18.... more

Liz Marchi: The Times of Our Lives

By LIZ MARCHI - My kids get very annoyed at the time I spend on Facebook but I love being visually reminded of what I was doing 8 years ago because I DON’T REMEMBER.... more

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Willy Wonka Kids

Get Your lucky tickets for Willy Wonka Kids--playing Nov. 10-11 at MCT.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 21

By BECKY GOODRICH - Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned family fun! ... more

12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival Set for November 3rd

By ERIC TABER - The 12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival scheduled for Friday, Nov, 3rd, at the Adams Center.... more

Light up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - GLOW FEST, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park. ... more

MCT’s Fall Season of Fun for Kids!

Hakuna matata! Grab your golden ticket because it’s going to be a fall of musical theatre adventures with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT).... more

Roots Fest Slated for August 25-26

The 12th annual River City Roots Festival takes place in Downtown Missoula August 25-26, and the Art Show will be the largest ever with 34 art booths.... more

The World of Broadway at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts

By MICHELLE NIGH - Nearly 200 kids to perform The World of Broadway Thurs., Aug. 10-Sat., Aug. 12 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.... more

Kidsfest 2017 Slated for July 25 at Caras Park

By BECKY GOODRICH - Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2017, a free summer celebration at Caras Park.... more

I LOVETT! Music Plays Again in an Old Company Town

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Lyle Lovett & His Large Band were the first show to take the stage at the new KettleHouse Amphitheatre in what was an amazing evening of entertainment.... more

MCT: Register for Fall Children’s Programming

Check out MCT's new fall line-up of fun, educational opportunities for kids in our area.... more

Missoula City Band Kicks Off Summer Schedule June 14

This summer, the Missoula City Band, under the direction of Gary Gillett, will play great band music each Wednesday from June 14-Aug 16 at 8 pm at the Bonner Park Band Shell. ... more

Summer at the Bigfork Playhouse

By DILLON TABISH - Bigfork’s local theater is one of the only smaller companies in the country to receive the rights to perform “Mamma Mia!... more

Liz Marchi: Birthdays, Vacation and Tornadoes

By LIZ MARCHI -I will be looking for the fog to lift and the sun to warm my little Polson, Montana. May we all have that experience as our year unfolds.... more

February: LOVE Your House Month: Fire Safety

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Take a little time to learn what YOU can do to keep your home warm and toasty, while keeping yourself and your family safe during these cold winter months.... more

Liz Marchi: Riding it Over the Top

By LIZ MARCHI -Riding it Over the Top for me, well this photo says it all! Happy Monday snow day in Montana!... more

Liz Marchi: 2017–It’s Here!

By LIZ MARCHI - In gratitude, I begin a New Year so thankful for the journey traveled and the road ahead. May your 2017 be rich in friends, family, health and happiness.... more

Missoula is Our Home for the Holiday

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Sit back and enjoy a little clip of scenes from in and around Missoula! Wishing you and yours a safe, wonderful and warm holiday season!... more

Liz Marchi: Home

By LIZ MARCHI - I don’t know if it’s the holidays, winter or age, but of late “there is no place like home.”... more

Growing Birds in the Garden City

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Why did the chicken cross Missoula Ave? Perhaps to say hello to the new neighbors, Quail and Duck!... more

Liz Marchi: Getting Over It

By LIZ MARCHI - Aging lesson number 789, getting over it takes longer. Give yourself some space.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Storing History in Milltown

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Ask anyone in Bonner, West Riverside, or Milltown where they used to go buy groceries and more than likely you will hear a variety of responses: Milltown Market, Finky’s or Disbrow’s.... more

Parks and Recreation Hosts Old-Fashioned Family Fest on Oct. 22

It’s fall—time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned harvest celebrations brought to you by the folks at Missoula Parks and Recreation.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Create a Great Learning Space

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -How do people create a productive learning environment at home? I'm convince it takes headspace, and physical space.... more

Liz Marchi: Family, Seasons and Change

By LIZ MARCHI - My husband, turned 70 a few weeks ago, at what may have been one of my top 10 parties ever.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 22

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 22

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 15

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 15

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 8

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Trash Talk Missoula

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -On a bright Saturday morning, approximately 75 boaters, tubers, and divers met to talk trash! River trash that is. It was the 13th year of the annual Blackfoot River Cleanup.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 1

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 1

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Delivering Peach of Mind: What does Meals on Wheels Offer?

By WILL SCHULTZ - Meals on Wheels is a part of Missoula Aging Services that helps to deliver food to seniors and to those who are disabled so that they can live an independent life. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 25

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 25

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 18

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 18

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -The annual Missoula Marathon: one of the highlights of the year for many locals and visitors to our town!... more

Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - This I believe: we must keep our minds, bodies and our social connections growing even when it’s hard. That’s foundational to a life in full.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 11

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 4

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America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

They come from all corners of North America, bringing gut-string instruments, virtuoso talent, encyclopedic knowledge of a bygone era and acclaim as the modern masters of their art.... more

Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

By GRACE STOPHER - Nestled in an unsuspecting corner at Wyoming and Johnson streets, you may notice a little door in a string of warehouses with a blue sandwich board nearby, ushering you inside to VonCommon St... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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Understanding Agency: Part II

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Are you a fan of lists and sticky notes? I sure am! Even before getting into real estate, I was a “listing agent” in my own right!... more

Liz Marchi: Comb Over

By LIZ MARCHI - I have spent the last 10 days doing something I don’t do much of, revisiting a place in time. The occasion: my 40th College Reunion.... more