More than 430 World War II veterans from Montana have taken the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., since the first Montana flight took off in 2012. The 37-hour trip offers WWII and terminally ill veterans on a whirlwind tour of five memorials, including the National WWII Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery.
It's mid-afternoon on a Friday when Sarah Donnelly and Ashley Bilyeu drop their backpacks full of dancing shoes on the floor under a table at Market on Front. After a two-hour dance practice, they've more than earned their lunches, a spicy tuna melt for Donnelly and "Hot Hippie" sandwich for Bilyeu.
When you're an Irish dancer, preparing for St. Patrick's Day doesn't involve buying a green shamrock shirt and planning a pub crawl to every Missoula bar serving green beer. When the Missoula Irish Dancers - or Rinceoiri Na Sleibhte (dancers of the mountains) if you're using their Irish Gaelic name - prepare for St.
The constantly changing health-care landscape in recent years has been a thorn in the side of some employers as they navigated new mandates and rules included in the Affordable Care Act. In Montana, the merits and drawbacks of Medicaid expansion - a hotly contested provision of the ACA that could change who receives subsidized coverage - are again being debated in Helena during the 2015 legislative session.
If you're a subscriber (if you're not, what are you waiting for?!?), you know the last page of each issue is dedicated to our Glimpses photo - a parting shot from somewhere in Big Sky Country that is always worth 1,000 words. Our last Glimpses comes from Circle, where photographer Brendan Whitcomb captured one of those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it sunsets.
Missoula's most infamous fashion show is taking over the Wilma Theatre for a night of condom-inspired fun in February when Blue Mountain Clinic presents its 8th annual Off the Rack fundraiser. The event - the clinic's signature fundraiser - is a fast-paced, rowdy show that sends models down the runway wearing looks made completely out of nonlubricated condoms. "People get really, really creative.
It's one thing to head up to the ski hill to find some Montana snow - but more and more these days the skiers are heading to the backcountry to what writer and photographer Aaron Theisen calls the Holy Grail of winter sports: A mountain all to themselves.
It never fails: Looking through the old archived photos that have been used in Montana Magazine's past is always entertaining. Sometimes, it's even hilarious. Many of our readers who have sent in photos have proven that their family members in past generations have a sense of humor.
The Montana Magazine would like to wish all our readers a very happy holidays. In the spirit of the season, we've compiled a couple of our 2014 stories that will leave you with those warm and fuzzies appropriate for the holiday season. First is the story of how the town of Whitehall saved the Star.
With 2014 coming to a close it's hard not to look back and remember more than a few great stories we found to share with you inside Montana Magazine. But what did you, our online readers, decide were their favorites? Here's our top four most popular stories of 2014, as decided by all our online friends.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".