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

Archive for the ‘All News & Opinion’ Category

Many Glacier Campground Adds Restrictions After Grizzly Bear Sighting

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

City Plans Fireworks Law Enforcement

By GINNY MERRIAM - The City of Missoula reminds the public that the use of most fireworks in the city of Missoula is illegal.... more

4th of July Out to Lunch Offers Independence Day Celebration for All!

Join us in celebrating Independence Day in the heart of Missoula with a special Out to Lunch in Caras Park on Wednesday, July 4 from 11am-2pm!... more

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

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

Montana Homestead Declaration – Why it’s Important for Homeowners

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

What’s Your Growth Plan?

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

Getting Started, Part Two

By MARK RIFFEY - Last week, we started talking about a young man asking for advice getting started in his handyman business.... more

Learning Lessons from Missoula’s Philanthropists

Missoula has a solid history of charitable giving.... more

“Bears of Durango” Triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

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

Boat Carrying Zebra Mussels Stopped at Anaconda Inspection Station

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

Getting Started, Part One

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

Make Montana Home

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

Too Much Water?

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

Unmet Needs

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

Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

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

Death Over Dinner

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

Grizzly Bears Reported Out on Rocky Mountain Front

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

Always Done It That Way?

By MARK RIFFEY - A review of systems that fails to review readiness for the next three to five years of operation isn't doing you any favors.... more

Ask Questions While The Answers Still Matter, Part 1

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

What Would They Do To Put You Out Of Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - How would they price, market, sell, deliver, service, and communicate?... more

Dickenson to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

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

Legendary Missoula Organizations Support Skilled Workers

Western Montana Lighting and The Silver Foundation come together to support non-traditional students seeking education in the trade industries.... 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

Parks and Recreation Sponsors Christmas Ever-Green Tree Recycling Program

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks & Rec encourages Missoulians to conserve area landfills by recycling Christmas trees. ... more

Planning 2018 Got You Wrapped Around The Axle?

By MARK RIFFEY - How to find two hours a day of quiet time to get your 2018 planning finished.... more

Plan a Sober Ride This Holiday Season

By TRAVIS WELSH-Remember to play it safe this holiday season and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin.... 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

What’s Freedom Mean To Your Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - When you ask business owners why they started their company, you frequently hear these words: Freedom and opportunity.... more

Hauck’s Coaching Contract Has Incentives for Wins, Grades

Montana football coach Bobby Hauck’s contract has a base salary of $185,000, with incentives for student-athlete grades, graduation rates and wins.... more

Headspace, Creativity and Cartooning

By MARK RIFFEY - The blank slate is a challenge. But why?... more

Hauck Returns as Grizzly Mentor

By ERIC TABER - Director of Athletics Kent Haslam has named former Grizzly head coach Bobby Hauck as the 37th head football coach at the University of Montana.... more

Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

Missoula is renewing its efforts to keep people safe when riding bikes at night.... more

I Went To The Gym Once. Didn’t Work.

By MARK RIFFEY - Going to the gym once doesn’t produce ideal results. Neither does inconsistent execution. Consistency breeds trust, unless you're consistently bad.... more

Fuel The Rise Of Two Pizza Teams

By MARK RIFFEY - How can Montana communities fuel the formation of two pizza teams?... more

Bird Hunter Shoots, Kills Charging Grizzly Near Front

By BRUCE AUCHLY - A pheasant hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear Nov. 4 near Pendroy along the Rocky Mountain Front that charged him.... more

Using Comfortable Tools

By MARK RIFFEY - Is there a balance between complacency and thrashing from tool to tool?... more

Selling Someone Else’s Products

By MARK RIFFEY - When you consider selling someone else’s products, it’s critical to assess whether the product is germane to what you do.... more

The Ingredients Of Effective Criticism

By MARK RIFFEY - Today we’re going to use a common political event (and some football) to discuss the effective delivery of criticism.... more

Why Your Growing Company Needs To Work Slower

By MARK RIFFEY - When you work slower, you create time and space to help eliminate the bumps and potholes in your processes. “Slow is smooth” takes shape. ... more

The Premium Price Lesson Taught By Craft Beer

By MARK RIFFEY - Testing new product / service / price tiers could result in a new way of doing business.... more

Is It Better To Keep A Customer, Or Replace Them?

By MARK RIFFEY - Well cared for clients tend to buy more, buy more often, & for a longer period of time.... more

Training: Improves Sales, Improves Ops

By MARK RIFFEY - Do your people know your products & understand your prospects' problems?... more

Accepting Change – How Can You Help?

By MARK RIFFEY - Your challenge: Determine what’s necessary to reduce resistance to the point that your prospects will consider making a change. ... more

Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

Finding Big Opportunities in Big Sky Country

Why you should "Make it Montana" when it comes to doing business.... more

Where’s The Friction?

By MARK RIFFEY - What do you repeatedly force your clients to do that they simply shouldn't have to do?... more

Work, Caring, And Filtering Employers

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you looking for a solid, well-run company to grow with? This will help.... more

Be Aware of Fire Restrictions on FWP Lands

By JOLEEN TADEJ - fire restrictions are going into effect on many Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks properties.... more

“Sink Or Swim” Isn’t Training

By MARK RIFFEY - I'll go back because that guy made a routine purchase memorable.... more

Listen to Clients. They Say The Darndest Things

By MARK RIFFEY - When you listen to clients openly and without an agenda, the value of what you learn can be huge.... more