Cheers to the 
Montana Summer

Apparently, there are four seasons. Montanans are familiar with each one, no doubt. Me? Not so much. I heard rumors about fall, winter and spring growing up in California and Texas. Don’t misunderstand me: I’ve been in colder climates. How else would I have learned to ski? The thing is that it was always a short-lived dip—one to two weeks,…

38th Annual IWFF’s Wild Walk

  Things got wild at the International Wildlife Film Festival’s kickoff inaugurating the week-long event that promotes awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. PHOTOGRAPHY EDDIE ROQUETA

July 2015 Around Town

Grateful Nation Montana's fifth annual Freedom Run/Walk in Bigfork will kickstart Independence Day festivities before a town parade. The event honors and celebrates our nation's military heroes and their families for the sacrifice they make for our freedom. It's a fun event for all ages. On July 4, families and friends will gather at Brookies Cookies (191 Mill St.) for…

Summer!

Summertime is in full swing; time to saddle up, paddle out, and soak it in. It’s hard to think of Missoula as anything other than the perfect year-round town but the height of this season in particular brings a certain sweetness to the air. Ripe and ready for the taking. It’s the perfect time to take some steeds out on…

Adventure Is a 
Nine-Letter Word

The word "adventure" conjures up different images for different people, and let's face it: Some images are just prettier than others. For my hard-core outdoorsy friends, adventure means tackling the Appalachian Trail with three pounds of dried beans, a tarp the size of a Kleenex and a compass. Just to fluff things up a bit, they might take a change…

An Ode to Asian Fusion

When the idea first materialized about doing a story on the Mustard Seed Asian Cafe, my immediate reaction was rhapsody, thinking about one of my favorite dishes: Chicken Osaka. An “Ode to Osaka” started to play in my head just imagining the gingery, sublimely creamy Osaka sauce. Then, I realized the story is more about the fact that I have…

Surf the Earth

If interested in riding the river and its waves this summer (like we are!), check out Strongwater Surf Co.’s rental options and lesson packages at StrongwaterMTNSurf.com or 
614 S. Higgins Ave. Building custom surfboards might seem like an odd business in a landlocked mountain town, but Kevin “K.B.” Benhart Brown and Luke Rieker are riding high after founding Strongwater Surf…

Lily’s Lovebirds

Lily Miller is one inspiring 9-year-old. She’s the creator of Lily’s Lovebirds, a craft fundraising project that began two years ago to benefit the All-Abilities Playground in Missoula. Since then, Lily’s Lovebirds has ballooned in popularity. Lily was inspired to continue her fundraising efforts following the smash success of her first shot at Lovebirds, along with reading Malala Yousafzai’s memoir…

Smart Food Choices Fuel Summertime Fun

During the laid-back summer months, it can be tempting to let things slide. Though many aspects of your routine may shift into a lower gear, you can still find simple ways to make sure your kids are making healthy food choices to fuel their way through summer.

An Emerald Among Sapphires

Nearly 100 years ago, Drs. E. W. Spottswood and J. P. Rowe saw more than “rocky, dry land” on the grounds of what became the Missoula Country Club’s first nine-hole golf course. They recognized an opportunity to bring golf to the hub of five valleys. “The golf course is considered one of the finest in the state,” says Chris Nowlen,…