A Portrait of Paw-fection

Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography McKenna Cramer, Krystle Downing, Shannon Edney Photography, Jennifer Greenwood

A Gem Revealed

 Article Carole Davenport | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Oro y Plata, meaning gold and silver, respectively, in Spanish, was chosen by Montana legislators back in 1865, based on the mineral wealth our state was producing. Mineral County, just 20 miles west of the Missoula airport, is home to RiverView Ranch, an exquisite new jewel in the land of luxury ranches.  I…

The fur in family.

I was finally, technically, able to refer to having ‘kids’ the evening that my goat had twin boys, even though I’d been calling each of my animals baby for years.  They were still damp from their welcome into the world when I scooped both of them into my arms and breathed in their warmth. Their … Continued

No Drama, Just Ella

 Article Corina S. Ambrose | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Ella McMillion’s smile is a contagious one. Her energy swells to reach every corner of any room, which is probably the reason why audiences love to see her on stage.   Ella has been performing in Missoula Community Theatre productions since she was eight years old. Now at age 17, a soon-to-be senior at…

Oh Baby!

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Congratulations, Remington, on being the 501st baby to be born at the Birth Center of Missoula!  “This is my baby,” said Jeanne Hebl, lovingly looking up and around at the walls of the Birth Center of Missoula. The little, unassuming building on 39th avenue with the alternating blue and pink balloons at…

August 2018 Around Town

Chicks N Chaps Want to get a little dirt on your boots? Get ready to have a good country time all while raising money to benefit local individuals and families who are impacted by breast cancer on Friday, August 10 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This yearly event is best known for its immediate camaraderie and belly-aching laughter … Continued

A big heart goes a long way

Katy Davis, devoted supporter for those fighting cancer, raised over $30,000 for Relay for Life within her ten years of involvement within the organization. A community birthday party celebration was held to honor her friends and family who were lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Photography provided by Katy Davis.

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

That’s the Spot!

Article Susie Wall | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, Nancy Hafner, KettleHouse Amphitheater & Neubauer Media

The Summer Sip

 Article Corina Ambrose | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Muddled mint, the pop of carbonation, the cheeky tartness of lemon and huckleberry. This mouth-watering combination can only mean one thing—okay, two things: Summer is here, and we need this mojito from Montana Distillery.   406 Mojito by the Montana Distillery

Always Faithful

 Article and Photography  Semper Fidelis. By definition, it means "always faithful," and it's the phrase U.S. Marines always say. Susan, being a daughter to a Marine, lives a life in his honor. She's a Daughter of the American Revolution and enjoys working to enrich the lives of our veterans. Here, she shares with us the memory of the men in…

July 2018 Around Town

MAM Welcomes New Art Ed Team The Missoula Art Museum recently welcomed two new faces to its Art Education team. Kay Grissom-Kiely comes to MAM as the Curator of Education to lead the educational vision for the museum, and Jenny Bevill takes on the position of educator/coordinator. “Jenny and I are a dynamic duo in museum … Continued

All her glory.

One of my favorite summertime memories is of my late father and I, back in the countryside of New York State, skirting through traffic on our way to a firework show. We’d do the same thing year after year on this particular day—July Fourth.  His police officer badge and his sparse gray hair helped us … Continued

Here’s the Glitch

The Wilma was buzzing with young energy when Glitch Mob with Elohim and Anomalie played a live performance as part of their See Without Eyes tour. Photography Neubauer Media & LogJam Presents

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Swim, Bike, Run

 Article and Photography Addie Melvin  Mark Your Calendar  When: Sunday, July 22

Out of the Box

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Susan Campbell Reneau  Dating back to 1890, Daughters of the American Revolution was formed through a blaze of patriotism to honor the memory of the men and women who were involved in the American Revolution. Their mission? To perpetuate the memory and spirit of our veterans, to educate future generations, and to cherish, maintain,…

Favorites from Matz Family Chiropractic

 Article Hiram Mariner | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Dr. Scott Matz Jr., Black Labrador Retriever named Tucker  In the fields or by his side, Priceless

Blessed to be a father.

For me, being a man is pretty equatable to being a father. So many of life’s lessons that teach you how to be a good man have come to me through caring for, worrying about, and being there for my children.   Everything about being a father scares me. I’m scared every day—for their health … Continued

The Missing Link in Fitness: Trunk Training

 Article Shelby Humphreys | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  No matter how many crunches you bust out, if you’re not training your entire trunk, then your neck, back, and hamstrings remain prone to injury. Trunk training strengthens those vulnerable areas by activating more muscle groups at once, from neck to knees. This workout, from Coach Stephanio Mizell, MS.Ed., at Missoula’s YMCA,…

June 2018 Around Town

The BIG Event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula is hosting their annual spring fundraiser, The Big Event, on Friday, June 8. The Big Event is, well, big in every way! All proceeds from the event will stay in Missoula and go to Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and allow them to match “littles” … Continued

Hero in the Air

Dr. Peter Rork was the recipient of the 2018 Ken Shughart Award, given by the Humane Society of Western Montana, for his selfless love and dedication to saving the lives of homeless animals by flying them to new beginnings. Thank you, Peter, for flying nearly 10,000 dogs to safety! Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

All About That Rack

 Article Danielle M. Antonetti | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Antler Chandeliers & Lighting Co.  4486 Rathbun Lane, Stevensville

June Is for Gentlemen

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish, CPP  Marc Moss, Director of Tell Us Something  Tell Us Something is a quarterly live storytelling event and Marc loves being at the helm. Tell Us Something inspires more understanding, acceptance, and empathy within our community. Each event features eight storytellers from the community sharing their stories. The next event is June 13 at…

Women Who Move & Shake Missoula

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  Wild Wisdom  Melissa Lafontaine

Two Girls, Two Days, Too Much Fun

 Article Carole Davenport | Photography Suzan Muldown  Suzan and I are old friends who take great delight in meeting up at various times throughout the year for a girls trip adventure. We especially enjoy the road trips we take exploring Western Montana. So, when I received an invite from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to preview their facility for two nights, naturally…

Envisioning Your Space

 Article Hiram Mariner | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  She’s a wife and a mother with a degree in interior architecture and design. Shannon Callaghan is a true Montana girl, born in Havre and allowing the Missoula community and beyond a chance to reap the rewards of her trained eye.  She combines inspiration from the Treasure State with what she discovers while…

Leave her wild.

In pulling this issue together I kept coming back to this idea of filling up. I was sitting in Wendy Lofthouse’s kitchen when she shared some hard truths with me that were sewn into her reasons for becoming a body builder. The first truth was about her sibling who had drown when she was a … Continued

A Little Fun Goes A Long Way

 Article Chelsea Lyn Agro | Photography Amy Donovan Photography  Compassion is usually a later realized trait, but not for Kat Donovan, owner of Kaboba Designs. At only 11 years old, Kat runs a dog and cat toy business and donates ten percent of its earnings to the Humane Society of Western Montana each month to better the lives of our…

Local Mom & Daughter Share Missoula Favorites

 Article Shelby Humphreys | Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish  1991 Schwinn mountain bike  $300 at ebay.com – originally $200 from Big Sky Cyclery

May 2018 Around Town

May Is Marvel-ous There is much to marvel at during the month of May, and the Roxy Theater is giving us another reason to do so: a Marvel movie marathon. This month, the Roxy will be screening a few of our favorite Marvel superhero movies: Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: … Continued

Together, We Rise

Women gathered at Western Cider on International Women’s Day to celebrate the launch of Wild Rising Girls, a feminine wisdom educational program for girls. There were flower crown and arrangement stations, ethical chocolates and feminine history with the Jeanneatte Rankin Peace Center, and fun word collages through the affirmation station with Turning the Wheel Missoula. … Continued

A Pristine Paradise.

A few months ago, I attended the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. It was a vivid dream of clear rivers and vibrantly colored fish set to modern, rhythmic tunes, and it had me all sorts of emotional over the thought of spring and the mere beauty it ushers back into our lives. 

A Meal for the Heart

The 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon was a striking success dressed in red. Our community gathered to support the American Heart Association's aim to advocate for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

60 Years and Counting

“When you buy from my family, you are part of the family,” said Jim Rangitsch, the owner of Rangitsch Brothers RV, in his trademark matter-of-fact way. For this businessman, customer service is the backbone of his family’s success and the reason why the local business is soon to celebrate its 60-year anniversary in the Missoula Valley. 

April 2018 Around Town

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Let's band together to acknowledge the importance of how families and communities work together to prevent child abuse of any form. The Parenting Place and CASA of Missoula work tirelessly alongside many businesses and organizations within our community to highlight this month as a time to promote the social and…

Farming a Better Tomorrow

Since the moment those first shoots poked through the ground at the PEAS Farm in 2002, the 10 acres of productive farm land have been providing the Missoula community with sustenance for the heart, body, and mind. 

A Home that Builds

Home isn't just a roof overhead. It’s the place where our humble beginning blooms, where we learn the basics of eating and walking and helping out with daily chores. It’s the place where we learn bigger things, like how to love, how to provide, and how to find purpose in the simplest duties to ourselves, to others, and to our surroundings—qualities…

Momma Stella Risotto

Knowing that spring is right around the corner after our marathon of wintery days brings comfort to more than our sandal-yearning toes. Transitioning into springtime lends a tendency toward cooking lighter meals, opening our windows despite the chill lingering in the breeze, and letting our creations in the kitchen mingle with the scents of the thawing earth—an aroma that has been sorely…

For the Love of MUD

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is our handy-dandy hub for the do-it-yourself crowd with sustainability in mind. The group has offered workshops, classes, and demonstrations on everything from home brewing to home blacksmithing, but MUD might be better known for having one of the best tool libraries around. Before I built up my own tool library, MUD was near and…

Glam It Up

As a fundraiser for the University of Montana Griz Cheer squad, competitors kicked and tumbled before hundreds of spectators at the 2018 Griz Glam Jam in the Adams Center. Way to go, girls! Photography Toni Malek

Cheers, to the joy of homemaking.

 Home: the epicenter of the perpetual to-do list.   I was warned of this list immediately following my enthusiastic calls to family and friends, but with great energy I took the plunge into home-owning and have yet to come up for air.   I was in the parking lot of Bed Bath & Beyond when my husband and I got the call…

The Perseverance Behind Permanence

Steve Boyce, the co-owner of Boyce Lumber & Design Center, remembers what it was like to look out across Missoula and see the fairgrounds clear from Russell Street. The fields were freckled with pops of pink—bitterroot flowers drawing Native Americans in year after year for harvesting.

Fire & Wax

Montanans love beeswax. We seek it out in our salve products for the endless effects it has on our skin, protecting it against irritants while remaining breathable. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory, and now, thanks to Washington-based artist, Theresa Stirling, beeswax is the art on our walls. 

March 2018 Around Town

A warm welcome to the start of daylight saving time! The clocks will spring forward on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m., robbing us of an hour of sleep but rewarding us with more daylight than we know what to do with. Happy Spring, everyone!

At Home with Laura Branson

Laura Branson, owner of The Vintage Home and co-creator of The Prairie Sisters Vintage Market, has always been enamored by all things vintage. After all, these pieces have stories. Help your home tell a story of its own with Laura's must-have farmhouse treasures.

It’s Greener on the Green

Ten minutes away from the well-trodden path of downtown Missoula sits a home on the 10th hole green of Canyon River Golf Club. Trusses and stone base pillars are the framework of a dreamy portrait—elegant outdoor space, 
rustic and charming exterior walls, and windows to lend every season. 

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The first annual Western Montana Winter Fair was a grand success as it brought together many existing traditions. The event helped fundraise for local nonprofits while raising awareness and donations. Locals indulged in holiday shopping, carriage rides, hands-on crafting, ice sport demonstrations, and the holiday tree sale. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

Raking in the Dough(nuts)

The words vegan and doughnut aren’t likely neighbors in the same sentence. For some, they’re hardly a pair, but for Beth Gherlein they’re a necessity—one that Missoula was without before she and her husband, David Tyson, brought Tandem Doughnuts, a wholesale vegan and gluten-free bakery, into existence in 2011.