My Tiny Pet by Jessie Hartland

Most parents are familiar with the negotiations involved in choosing a new pet, but Jessie Hartland puts a clever spin on the situation with a child’s very unique pet choice. When one girl’s personal pet menagerie grows out of control (6 poodles, 10 cats, a tarantula, 2 snakes, 3 hedgehogs, 10 mice, countless birds, hundreds of fish, an octopus, 3…

An Exotic Education

At a recent birthday party in a quiet Missoula neighborhood, more than a dozen 5- to 7-year-olds gathered in front of a table on which a very old porcupine named Kemosabe sat eating a banana.

The Ultimate Rise

To embark on new waters is the meaning of the Lakota word: Watanopa. It’s also the third chosen name for the camp that lies snug in the shadows of the Pintler Mountains and on the shore of Georgetown Lake. 

Lint Roller Productions

In a recent nationwide survey, 7 out of 10 pet owners admitted that their favorite family member is the dog. Given our immense (and totally justified) love for dogs and the fact that Americans are spending more money than ever on our pets, it should come as no surprise that professional pet photography is a growing niche. 

For Pet’s Sake.

As I write this letter to you (and most likely as you’re reading it), an English Toy Terrier named Piper is snuggled up next to me, paws twitching in harmony with her slow, sleepy breaths. Her other notable position in life is racing across her farm at full speed, legs crossed beneath her, dust billowing … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Tell Us Something! Youth Edition Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., Missoula’s expert story curator Marc Moss will guide youth campers in putting on their own Tell Us Something event. Campers will select a theme for their Tell Us Something event, do stage prep, and workshop … Continued

Bar(re)’s Open for Business

Barre 406 celebrated their grand opening at 2404 Washburn Avenue with their first class led by Barretender Neiman. A fueling mix of ballet, dance, pilates, yoga, and functional training. What could be more fun for staying fit? Photography Mary Kanter

The Cure is Care

 Karyn Moltzen loves cats.  You’re thinking it and she’ll say it: She’s a crazy cat lady.  When she talks about the cats she’s known and loved, her eyes twinkle. She might tell you about Tiger, once aggressive, who now lives a “happy, happy life” or introduce you to Chunk, a (you guessed it) chubby yellow cat who drapes himself over a…

Just Ask the Genie

The Wrinklegenie™ has come to Missoula and unlike the genie of Aladdin fame, she grants more than three wishes. 

Fueled by Family

Missoula has grown up at the center of five valleys. Its rivers empty into the bowl that’s our city. Head west of town, to Muralt’s Travel Plaza, and you can trace those waters on a giant, hand-painted mural. Like the pin of a compass, this family-owned truck stop has served customers, who are on their way to somewhere else, for…

Home in Time

Tom and Nancy Malikie want you to feel at home at The Gibson Mansion, despite the obvious and enchanting Victorian style of a historic icon within our city limits. But somehow, they’ve found the perfect balance of preserving a rich history while welcoming guests of the modern world. It’s a dance, really, between old world and new.

Behind the Words & Photography

 Michael Tucker, Owner & Publisher  I was born right here in Montana and though many opportunities have come and gone to leave, I never have because the people who live here are the best and most supportive people in the world. My wife Mysta and I are thrilled to be residents here along with our daughters Amanda and Jessica, and our son…

Picture this

Whether it's the Grizzly Encounter (right outside Yellowstone National Park) or driving the ever-scenic Going to the Sun road inside Glacier National Park, you're bound to be reminded of all the beauty that nature bestows upon us. 

A little sweat equity.

July always smells like leather and feels like sweat, or at least that’s how it is in my little world. It’s the summit of the yearly climb for my husband and I—the season we bust our tails for. A few months ago, we headed north in a rainstorm to pick up a new-to-us horse trailer. It … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Northwest Margarita Fest On Saturday, July 13, Caras Park will be salted at the rim! Don’t miss out on the first-ever Northwest Margarita Fest where you’ll indulge in the sweet nectar of tequila and mezcal from all across Latin America. Throughout the day you can vote on your favorite margarita designed from local Montana watering … Continued

A Walk Through Greenough Park

Morgan Valliant peered into the stone bear cage, his stubbled face flattened against the rusted steel door. He nodded toward the back of the structure, built 15 feet wide of Rattlesnake Creek cobbles, some as big as watermelons, where two dens had been bored into the hill. His eyes adjusted to the darkness inside. They roamed, searching for details to…

Take a Stroll in Our Shoes

The history of Hide and Sole is as unique as the downtown this iconic Missoula business has called home for the last 40 years.  In 1972, owner Scott Sproull was 19 and on a break from school at Western Illinois University following the trail of Lewis and Clark out west.

Missoula Strong

Positive vibes came from all Missoulians in support of wounded Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer during the 301 Strong Benefit that took place at Neptune Aviation. Businesses, community members, and fellow police officers band together to raise funds for Wade's family while he recovers from his injuries. Welcome back home, Wade! Photography Mike Tucker

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.

My Dad, My Hero

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

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…

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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…

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

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. 

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

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

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

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. 

Sweetheart Dance

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

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. 

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…

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.”