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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

A Whimsical World of Insects

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

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…

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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

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

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: 

Healing Touch

Flash back to nearly six years ago: I’m sitting across from a cardiologist just three days after losing my father. I am a shattered version of myself, stripped of my otherwise tidy outward appearance. No mascara, chapped lips, shadows loom stubbornly under my eyes. 

The Front Seat Life

If you’re idling at the crossroads of this new year, don’t fret. Jessica Butts is riding shotgun. She knows how to navigate the map to our greatest aspirations. However, she may turn off your car, put it in park and take away your keys. 

January 2019 Around Town

Harold Schlotzhauer: Living in a Good Dream Harold Schlotzhauer is an accomplished artist of 50 years. His exhibition, running through February 9, highlights a diverse array of works from the late 1960s to present, showcasing the continual progression of his unique vision of abstraction. Throughout the course of his career, Schlotzhauer has worked to refine … Continued

Perspective.

We all know the glass is half full just as well as we know that it’s all uphill from here. Or is it half empty and downhill? Fact of the matter is, it’s all perspective (and I still don’t know which idiom I favor).  For me, January is half full and half empty. It’s a crisp new … Continued

The Root & its Remedy

Western medical remedies often bring limited aid that offers temporary relief. It’s easy—for every physical problem there is a solution, until that solution comes with its own baggage and decides to overstay its welcome. 

A Wild Night for Wildlife

Missoula Ladies Night Out hosted a night of laughter, prizes, and camaraderie at the Barn on Mullan in an effort to join like-minded ladies who care about wildlife and the outdoors. Dinner, games, drawings, live and silent auctions raised funds that directly support the Rocky Mountain Elf Foundation. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish 

Flavor & Fizz

It’s hard not to think of kombucha-maker Heath Carey as a modern-day mad scientist. He doesn’t sport the wild hair of Albert Einstein, though he does have a short mohawk and a mountains-and-sun landscape shaved into the side of his head. But when he talks about the process of creating kombucha, that’s when you really get the sense he’s not…

Your Journey to New Health

Feeling frustrated over your health or weight as another calendar year comes into focus? Confused by trendy diets and health fads that seem to swing to the extremes and ultimately leave you gaining more weight or impacting your health negatively? 

Hunting and Fishing and Camping, Oh My!

It’s probably safe to say that unwrapping new gear is an outdoorsman’s jackpot. Whether it be a new jacket that will block the blow of wind while on the ski lift or boots that will keep your feet warm and dry, these items are (with no exaggeration!) survival items. This sport and outdoors store knows a thing or two about…

Bearing Witness

Always reveling in the world around him, Thoreau once wrote, “Every leaf and twig was this morning covered with a sparkling ice armor; even the grasses in exposed fields were hung with innumerable diamond pendants, which jingled merrily when brushed by the foot of the traveler. It was literally the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems…”

Winter’s portrait.

At last, here we are at year’s end. Like a critter who’s readied a nest, I’ve prepared for this season when our world goes white and the fever of long, busy days is hushed. I’ve picked up the yard and mended what needed mending before the ground turns solid cold. I’ve even coaxed my senses … Continued

This Old House

You see it all over Missoula—modern technology intersects with old memories to bring together a 21st century community. It’s the new nostalgia. One example: The Roxy Theater. This 1930s Art Deco revival movie house hosts thoughtful cinema, film festivals, and community gatherings.

December 2018 Around Town

Financial Fitness Class Budget, savings, and credit building—it’s never a bad time to revisit these important financial conversations. Aimed for those who are interested in gaining more control of their money, this free financial fitness class will teach you how. In class, you will learn to create a budget that works for you, how to … Continued

Love birds wed at White Raven

Congratulations to Melanie and Blake, who said "I do" to happily ever after! Local event planner Champagne + Linen and local florist Melissa Lafontaine of Earth Within Flowers provided the perfect backdrop for a new love story to unfold into forever at White Raven Venue and Retreat. Photography Bianca Sciotto Photography

Family is Spelled F-O-S-T-E-R

There is an innate, grand desire to effect positive change in our world. It dwells within us, and however small or insignificant our efforts may seem, real change begins at home with how we love our families. 

The Gift of Gratitude

Home. Health. Family. These are the bedrock gifts to which we drill down this time of year. Whether we’re sharing food and conversation around our Thanksgiving table or struggling through some hard times, gratitude remains. So, how does that work exactly? Three Missoulians pry open their gratitude so we can see what it’s made of: 

Being Brave, Going Bald

The firefighters at Missoula Rural Fire District know a thing or two about coming together as a team to perform an important deed. When there's a fire, they rush in. But earlier this year, one of those fires looked like a friend in need. 

The Room in Your Heart

A red heart is at the center of the logo for the capital campaign of the planned expansion at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana.

Letters of gratitude.

Blessed, for me, is the feeling of gratitude. Being grateful for something doesn’t have to mean that that something is perfect or ready, especially when it comes to loving ourselves or others. Gratitude is the white-knuckle work of being, despite everything.  This year I’m particularly grateful for stories. I’ve always been an avid reader, sometimes … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Angel Flight Pilots Needed Are you a pilot who wants to give back? Angel Flight West is looking for you!  This nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults who have serious medical conditions or other compelling needs. Currently, there is a network of more than 1,400 pilots throughout the 13 states who donate their aircraft, … Continued