It’s all Child’s Play

Andrew Hunt is known around town as “Cowboy Andy.” He’s the frontman for a fun-loving band called The Salamanders, whose songs, like “Pirate Santa” and “Matt Damon Magnetized Me,” have that special allure of simultaneously entertaining both kids and adults. 

Words from a Woodworker

What is it about working with wood that offers so much satisfaction? Maybe it's the aroma of a fresh cut, or the individuality of each piece of wood and its own beautiful grain structure, or the tactile nature of a finished piece that begs for praise.

Man on Air

For twenty-two years, The Craig and Al Morning Show was as reliable as tap water. Then, in 2009, the Missoula radio institution that had called three different stations home finished its run at KYSS-FM. Allen K was retiring, but Craig had no plans to hang up his headphones any time soon. He’d just inked a five-year extension with the pop…

My Dad, My Hero

It is in the most mundane, most simplistic, most hum-drum of days that a father shows his superhero cape. 

Building the Dream

Chelsea: Nic, it's easy peasy to build a dream home, right? We close our eyes, we sketch it out in our mind's eye—white farm house, wraparound porch, yellow door, horse fencing in the background that fades into a grandiose view of steep mountains. I've got it done, right? Well, maybe it's a start!

My father, my story.

I owe my love for storytelling to my father. In a way, he groomed me for such. Everything from his slacks to his boat shoes to his glasses to his clenched fists and cussing under his breath. The way his combover stood straight like the mast on a sailboat in fair winds, and the way he’d get to laughing … Continued

Thank you, Volunteers!

The Missoula Aging Services' 2019 Volunteer Recognition Party was full of smiles, laughs, and entertainment, all while celebrating generosity, friendships, and time well spent. Photography Missoula Aging Services

June 2019 Around Town

Community Discovery Day On Saturday, June 1 this 4-hour class will introduce you to the basics of fly fishing and naturalist knowledge to successfully explore the sport. Casting, trouble-shooting, knot tying, and information about the fish and insects will provide a rich learning experience. Instructor and fly fisherwoman Erin Geiges will keep you moving with … Continued

Lost (and found) in the Details

Local clay artist Ben Jordan believes that fingerprints are the evidence of culture. They are our mark, our symbol that tells the tale, we were here. And they’re of equal value to our turbulent journey to self-discovery.

Hired to Hack

Missoula-based author Jeremy Smith provides a funny and telling anecdote about how he came to know cybersecurity expert Sherri Davidoff. A few years ago, they ran into each other at a playground in Missoula and realized they’d met briefly 15 years earlier, when Jeremy was a student at Harvard and Sherri was at MIT. 

Shaping your identity

“I’m in a tent in the middle of the Redwood Forest right now, but I want to interview with you.”

Skin Deep

Cindy Duncan and Jennifer Clouse don’t believe the rumor that beauty is solely skin deep, despite their devotion to dermal aesthetics and care. 

Women’s Health

A woman's body is a secret-holder, a canvas of love and loss and fears, a daily machine that works tirelessly with or against us. It is our duty to ourselves that we have or seek professional answers to the questions our bodies ask of us, and NATURA is ready to help. 

Mother’s Day Brunch

It’s only food. It’s only food. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  

Caring about Cost

Carol Bridges, MD is the co-founder and chief medical officer of CostCare, alongisde co-founder Lesley Von Eschen who is also the chief executive officer of this Missoula medical office. 

The Women’s Fair!

The University of Montana Ballroom was home to shopping, entertainment, makeovers, massages, and more as exhibitors, non-profits, and sponsors came together to celebrate the women of Missoula. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

May 2019 Around Town

Little Dipper Trail Run Get ready to shake loose the last of winter with the return of the Little Dipper Trail Run on Saturday, May 18 at Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery on Rattlesnake Drive. The Missoula Parks and Recreation MORE Program, Big Dipper Ice Cream, Run Wild Missoula, and Missoula Parks and Recreation have … Continued

Recipe for success.

It’s ok to play favorites, right? Let’s say it is for this issue. These pages tug at my heartstrings and quite honestly, they making going-for-it seem normal. Have you ever tried cooking Eggs Benedict? The velvety layer of Hollandaise sauce, the golden center of a perfectly poached egg, the consistent heat of that first bite because … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Lift Me Up

At any number of Missoula’s outdoor events, you may find a graceful woman dancing in mid-air with a giant ribbon of crimson fabric. Entwined with the cloth, she twirls and unfurls from one shape to another. You crane your neck, both worrying and watching for what she’ll do next. This is the graceful art and athleticism of Raven Summer, aerial…

S.A.V.E a Memory for Today

In high school I was in a club called S.A.V.E., which stood for “Students Against Violating the Environment.” It was an earnest group that fully believed we, alone, could save the world from environmental destruction. That was in the mid-1990s, when acid rain was the crisis. 

A Bottled-Up Idea

One of the most shocking things that Jürgen Knöller, master brewer and CEO of Bayern Brewing, encountered upon moving to the United States in the summer of 1987 was trash. 

Our Bountiful Earth

There is so much to be celebrated on Earth Day in Montana—our wild land, spring air, raging rivers—but there’s also room for gratitude when it comes down to what we’re able to harvest from our bountiful world. 

April 2019 Around Town

Used Outdoor Gear Sale Gently used, thoroughly loved—whatever the case may be, you might find your next piece of adventure gear on Wednesday, April 10, between 12 and 5 p.m. at the UC Atrium at U of M. Have gear to sell? Drop it off between 7 and 11 a.m. (and be aware that the … Continued

A Whimsical World of Insects

Think butterflies in February—delicate wings floating from flowers to fingertip in a tropical enclosure. 

The Power of One.

These words were written by poet Warsan Shire: “later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered  everywhere everywhere everywhere.” This poem resurfaces in my mind’s catalog every now and then, usually in the wake of seeing some soul-crippling image of … Continued

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Sweetheart Dance

Fathers and daughters boogied the night away at the YMCA's Sweetheart Dance. Photography Kat Franchino

Doing Her (P)art

Large paper bags filled with empty wine and liquor bottles line the porch of Holliday Jeremiassen’s home. Sure, she may have a glass or two as an indulgence from time to time but that’s not the reason for her population of porch-sitters. 

The Structure of Green

Going green isn’t always easy. In most instances it goes head-to-head with comfort and convenience. It’s the typical (usually hindsight) thought: should’ve used the air dryer instead of reaching for the paper towel dispenser. Luckily, the team at Tamarack Construction found a way to successfully merge environmentally friendly living with luxury comfort—no sacrifice necessary. 

Canyon River: A Vision Come To Life

Marty and Betz Judd’s house is tilted, by design. Principal architect Nicolas Cole explains, “if you look closely, the front of the house appears slightly rotated relative to the street so as to prioritize a more scenic view parallel to the river.”

Foxfire Goods

As an artist, and generalist, I have been happy to find that brooms are both ubiquitous and malleable (not physically flexible in and of themselves, but in what can constitute a broom). It is a common and useful object about which almost everyone has a story and/or personal connections, but also a tool that can be formed in a number…

March 2019 Around Town

Hello, from Elevate Missoula! Hey, Missoula! I’m Doctor David Hardin, owner of Elevating Health Chiropractic. I have had the honor of serving this country in the U.S. military, and for the past 11 years I have had the privilege of serving my community as a chiropractor. Five of those years were right here in Missoula … Continued

Bringing you home.

The beloved home issue! I have such an affinity for these themed pages year after year. I love that home is the place that bears witness to the humble nature of our day-to-day life—where mommies and daddies giggle with their babies, where the laundry overflows, and the garbage is somehow always forgotten.  Our most authentic … Continued

Drip Delivery: Intravenous Therapy

Intravenous therapy is an advanced mechanism to introduce vitamins, nutrients, and medications into people who have unique needs – including people who are unable to absorb nutrients, who need a higher dose than oral formulations allow, or who would benefit from a faster increase in nutrient levels.

Sip & Create: Chunky Blanket Workshop

Nothing makes the winter warmer than crafting soft blankets with community members! Attendees wove colorful throws for any cuddly occasion, and sipped on their favorite drink throughout. Photography Amy Donovan Photography

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

Green with Envy

From the outside, Nichole Stolin’s home blends into the landscape--an unassuming duplex on the edge of Missoula among pastures and quiet roads. But walk inside and you’ll feel like you stepped into a catalogue home, the kind you find yourself pining over but never quite knowing how to obtain. 

Against the Grain

Craig Rigdon has spent his life among the trees. As a child, his imagination was cradled by the forest and that same wonder has persisted into his adulthood. 

Taking a Stab at it

In Nathan Thomas’s shop, simple strips of steel are forged into works of art. He makes knives, and while they cut, chop and slice, their piercing beauty is most notable.

Rugged & Refined: Whiskey Leatherworks

Inspired by life in the Rocky Mountain region, Whiskey Leatherworks weaves authentic old-style craftsmanship into each handmade product. 

When You Love Somebody

The leather rein has a familiar feel when I grasp it. The sound of the horse’s hooves on the grass reminds me of my childhood riding horses in Arizona. I can smell the hay and envision the hoof-pick that I still have from days long gone.

February 2019 Around Town

Heart Throb 5K Do you love your heart and love your sweetie? Do you love to run in red outfits? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these, then you need to be at the Heart Throb 5K. Beat the winter doldrums and get your heart beating with a fun, mid-winter 5K for American Heart Month. … Continued

NATURA is Natural

Naturopathic medicine is the practice of healing and health based on nature. Though it is sometimes thought of as a form of alternative medicine, history shows this path of healing is thousands of years in practice, providing a comprehensive approach to the best of traditional medicine. Natural medicine was the original and primary form of medicinal help, even in western…

Security for the Road Ahead

One of the most difficult things in life is watching your parent age, as they find it more difficult to do the things they once did with ease. 

Tea Party at Old Flynn Ranch

Delicate, dainty, and delicious! Old Flynn Ranch served numerous guests who gathered for tea and homemade goods. All proceeds from the Tea Party went to the historical preservation of the ranch. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

The Horse, of Course.

My wild mustang Kodiak was my inspiration for this issue, which celebrates the makers of Missoula. No, he doesn’t have a knack for holding a paintbrush between his teeth but he does remind me of the passion where all art is born, and to keep that place accessible.  As he slung mud and paraded around a small paddock … Continued

Those Who Wander Will Wag

Loyal companion, family member, adventure buddy—no matter what name rings true, one thing is for certain: dogs are Missoula’s best friend. 

Mind Over Matter

Please stand, place your hand on your heart, and join me in reciting the Oath of the Holiday Hangover: