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

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. 

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. 

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…

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…

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

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!

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. 

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. 

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.

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…

A Sweet Thought.

 I have a sweet tooth—thirty-two to be exact.
   I inherited them from my parents, both owners of In Good Taste, a long-ago chocolate and gift shop back in New York State that smelled so rich my mouth would start salivating upon entrance. There were wooden baskets on turnstiles that housed dozens of flavors of old-fashioned lollipops, rows on top of…

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

February 2018 Around Town

Don't miss your chance to see this American treasure, brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson. The Academy Award-winning movie, starring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, was released in 1981 and is now on stage at our very own Montana Repertory Theatre. This tale is one of family and how they pull apart and then find each other again. A truly touching story that resonates with anyone in…

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.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Love as an Ingredient

When my husband and I lived on the east coast, we’d make an annual winter trip to Vermont, cozying up in some bed and breakfast that we’d inevitably, and thankfully, be holed up in due to some record-breaking snowstorm. I loved these trips, for the respite from the city and for all the spontaneous stops along the way.

Old-Fashioned Goodness: 
Huckleberry Bark

If Candyland were a real place, The Sweets Barn in Lolo would be it. It calls to us from childhood’s past, beckoning us to step into its dreamy aroma of chocolates and teas and old-fashioned candies. And with our arrival, we’re introduced to not one, but both, of its owners—Bonnie and Dave Aicher, along with Huck L. Berry, the beloved…

Resolution 365

Let’s face it, keeping to our New Year’s resolutions isn’t a walk in the park. It’s an uphill both ways climb through heaps of snow with the wind at our face. We’re hitting the gym and we’re seeing less and less of our workout buddies, and we start to demote our fitness goals until they eventually fall off completely. The…

Be Your Best You.

Some people say an entire life can change in a moment.

Wishes Do Come True

Henry Becker got his wish, thanks to Make-A-Wish Montana. The wish reveal was a fun affair, filled with gratitude, friends and family, happy tears, and pizza. Initially, his wish was to take a trip, which he soon realized would end. A tree house, however, could be the site of many adventures he, his siblings Lydia and Liam, and friends could take. He wished for—and…

January 2018 Around Town

World-renowned audiologist Dr. Neil Shepard, Ph.D., has joined the team at Element Physical Therapy. Dr. Shepard is working 2-3 days per week, offering consultative services to the complex vestibular patients. He has published more than 75 research articles in the field of balance and dizziness. These efforts have been in the realm of postural control issues in the last five years with…

Fitness on Fleek

B eing an athlete calls for physical fitness—strength in our limbs, in our core, in our breathing, in our bellies, and without question, in our dedication. It’s no wonder that our local athletes have these qualities, and use them to not only fuel their passion but to maintain a healthy lifestyle, too. 

Easy Rustic Dutch Oven No-Knead Crusty Bread

Rising to the occasion during a Montana winter sometimes means kneeling on the floor before the oven and watching a soft cloud of dough blister into a flaky, golden brown dome of 
perfection. There’s just something about fresh baked bread that will always be magical to me, especially following an invigorating ski through the woods. 

Studio COWBOY

As a Montana ranch manager, I’m probably not your typical Pilates practitioner. I would wager that there aren’t many people in the ranching community who prioritize a weekly Pilates workout, but I do. 

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Coaching Confessions with the Y’s Kirby Beierle


 1. When a swimmer tells me at morning practice that she woke up and her entire body is crazy sore from the last night’s practice, I inwardly give myself a high five.
 2. I was a terrible kicker when I was a swimmer. As a coach, my goal is for my team to be known for having outstanding kicking. Therefore, we…

The Magic of Christmas.

I can still remember hearing a thump on Christmas Eve and bolting out the front door, down the steps, and nearly running backward to catch a glimpse at the roof of my childhood home when I was small. I had missed him, Santa of course. 



Fall Family Fest at the Fort

It was a day for face painting, fall-inspired activities, and education at the 17th annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Families learned how to press cider and play new games, all while enjoying the company of our community. A dollar donation was suggested to benefit youth recreation programming. Photography Chelsea Lyn Agro

December 2017 Around Town

Don't forget that one of our local ski and paddle shops, LB Snow, 802 W. Spruce St., offers a range of services that will get your board or skis ready for the season. A few services they offer are: Full Tune (base grind, edge sharpen, polish, hot wax), Skin Re-Glue, Ski Mount, Base Weld, and Edge Replacement. Also, ask about…

Light It Up

It's Christmas Day and the neighborhood where Marv Horne lives is frozen deep within winter's quiet. Only the occasional crack of river ice popping under the morning sun can be heard. Neighbors stay cozy inside to celebrate, but Marv balances atop his chilled ladder, trying to stay clear of pesky pine needles.

Missoula’s Y

We’re a community who values interacting with one another, sharing great conversation over a local brew, and supporting each other in our various endeavors. It’s no surprise that once we love something, we can expect that thing to defy naysayers and stay in motion forever, like the YMCA celebrating 50 years of business. 

Charitable Giving Tips

As we near the end of 2017, you're surely considering Christmas wishes and a big meal to prep, but you may also be thinking about your year-end charitable giving. After all, charitable giving is a powerful financial tool. You can support a worthy cause of your choice, possibly lower your tax bill at the same time, and end the year on a…

Helping Each Other Up

On the first day, we were asked why we were there: What was it that made us want to give our time to helping this refugee family?

Picture This

The maze of rooms within the Rocky Mountain School of Photography is hurried with footsteps. There is a woman holding a brush to another woman’s face, her eyelashes fanning up toward the ceiling. A few steps away is a man adjusting his tie, his wife cooing to a sleeping baby dressed in a Christmas outfit. Flashes of light come from…

Missoulians in Malawi

After a jet-lagged and harried few days, the first day of camp was upon us. We were situated at the base of the gorgeous Mount Mulanje, using the campus of the local primary school. We spread our classes across classrooms and patches of red earth, our music and poems spilling through the open windows. The village children flooded doorways with their chatter and…

My 30 days of thanks.

Beginning in November, I begin to see a flurry of Facebook posts about the things my friends and family are thankful for. By the second week, it’s less a flurry and more a sprinkling. By the month’s end, I see about three friends who’ve publicly pushed through the “30 Days of Thanks,” or Gratitude or Thankfulness, challenge. I know they…

The Bison Wrangler

It sounds like the noise a dinosaur might make. Or maybe the mix between a walrus and lion, a guttural growling that comes deep from the belly of the animal. It is the warning sound a bull bison makes when it’s breeding season and he sees another bull closing in on the cow the former’s been courting. The bulls exchange…

Christmas Wreaths

For sure, there is no better sign of the coming holidays than Christmas wreaths. They bring the sights, sounds (if you put bells on them), and smells of the holiday season right into our homes. Wreaths look great placed on flat services, with perhaps a candy dish in their center, or hung on walls, doors, mirrors, and windows—reminders to all…

More Than One Way to Earn

Increasing longevity is a practical reason you may want to develop an income plan to cover your expenses. To help you enjoy a long and comfortable retirement, using many different types of income streams can help balance your need for both growth and income while providing options to help minimize taxes throughout your retirement.

The Y Turns 50 and Looks Great

Happy birthday, dear Missoula Y! The Missoula YMCA celebrated 50 years of putting Christian principles into practice through programs 
that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all with a party featuring music by the Whizpops, food trucks, and activities for kids and the 
kids at heart. Photography Kat Franchino

Keeping It Wild

Montana Wilderness Association's WildFest had nearly 100 volunteers and was celebrated through hilarious tales of time spent in the 
wilderness, handy tricks when preparing for a packing trip, and the chance to get up, close, and personal with animals found within our sacred woods. It was reason enough to play, learn, and love our great outdoors! Photography Micki Long

November 2017 Around Town

Love the farmhouse style of Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper but can't exactly make the trip to Waco for your favorite household items? Worry not, a new line was created exclusively for Target with Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand. Joanna describes the items customers can expect: tabletop items, home decor, and giftables. Their inspiration for this…

A Ful(l)filled Life

Margaret Baldridge cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t playing the violin. It’s been her life, livelihood, passion. Every day since age 5. It’s had company, though. She has a passion for food and cooking, and it’s been with her for as long as she can remember. Food hasn’t been just sustenance; it’s been a creative endeavor…

Perfect Moments

The stones in the piazza set into the mortar look heavy—they’re set deep and worn smooth, shining like burnished silver. Behind me, the town rises onto a steep, narrow peninsula. I can only see the horizon to my left, to the north, where a jagged coastline curls in and out of view and a stone jetty juts out to sea…