Photos by @basmith.photo Thirteen corgis from around the state competed in a winner-take-all 40 yard dash at Playfair Park on Sunday. The race kicked off the annual ZooTown Kids Triathalon. Registration fees and donations were collected to benefit the family of two-year-old Caiden Hedahl, a Missoula boy with stomach cancer.
photo by @t.martinophoto Louie Bond works often with vocalist Kimberlee Carlson, playing jazz, swing and country; and Western Union, a Texas swing combo with members of the Big Sky Mudflaps. The 70-year-old has a guitar for every song and a story that comes with it. "That's better to me than a Gibson or Fender endorsement." Bond said of one of his favorite custom made guitars, gifted to him by Chris Beuhler. "This is one of a kind, there's no other guitar like it."
Photos by @basmith.photo for over 50 years, the Skookum Butte fire lookout has been abandoned. Built in 1928, it sits atop granite stones with a magnificent 360 degree view of the towering peaks in Lolo National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is working in tandem with volunteers from “Passport in Time,” a cultural heritage resources program sponsored by USFS, to renovate and restore the lookout to its former state. Volunteers and USFS employees estimate the project to take multiple years to complete. Visit our story for more on the Skookum Butte lookout, or pick up Sunday’s edition for Eve Byron’s story.
photos by @t.martinophoto around 800 runners and walkers dressed in just about every fashion participated in the first Lard Butt 1K on Saturday in Silver Park. Fueled by donuts and beer, participants took to the 0.62 mile course to raise funds and food for the University of Montana food bank and the Poverello Center. Visit the link in our bio for more photos.
photos by @t.martinophoto Grist Milling and Bakery co-owner Selden Daume pulls a fresh loaf of bread from the oven in the newly opened bakery in the back of Black Coffee Roasters on Friday morning. Along with producing different loaves for purchase, the bakery also creates several different types of pastries to sell at the coffee house. “We feel like breads have sort of gotten a bad rap,” co-founder Daume said. “We really want to showcase whole grains.” The bakery specializes in breads created with whole-grains that are freshly milled on site. Most of that grain come from Montana Flour and Grain, a co-op of organic farmers out of Fort Benton.
photo by @t.martinophoto Brent Witham's father Mark and cousin Mike Costello, left, hug in front of the new sign dedicating a portion of Highway 12 near Lolo to Witham on Thursday. Witham, who was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew, was killed fighting the Lolo Peak fire in 2017. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, introduced the bill to dedicate the stretch of highway to Witham during the 2019 Montana Legislature.
photos by @t.martinophoto former disc jockey Craig Johnson officially retired from the Missoula radio station The Trail in early in June after a 30-year career in radio. His career culminated with five years at the local station after spending 12 at Missoula's Z100, then another decade at KYSS FM, before moving to The Trail. In his retirement Johnson plans to continue to work on his modest collection of motorcycles, which includes the pictured 1950 Harley Davidson that sports a sidecar from 1935.
Photos by @basmith.photo Nine artists participated in this year’s Plein Air Paint-Out at Stock Farm Club in Hamilton. Artists spent their days in various locations throughout the area painting the landscapes. @danagallerymissoula will be hosting the paintings this week on S Higgins Ave.
Photos by @basmith.photo An estimated 200 community members gathered outside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Friday evening in protest of the detainment of children at border facilities. The vigil is part of a nationwide protest and is one of five in the State of Montana. Community members joined in prayer and song as a group of musical artists sung a lullaby in memory of those who are currently detained as well as those who have died in U.S. custody.
photo by @t.martinophoto Colin Henderson, a professor at Missoula College, inserts a microphone into a beehive and records the sounds of the colony humming inside at Fort Missoula on Thursday. The microphone feeds the 30 seconds of sound to the newly developed Bee Health Guru app, which uses noises emitted from the insects to gauge the hive's health. The app is a product of years of research from UM scientists, including Henderson, Jerry Bromenshenk and Robert Seccomb, who formed the company, Bee Alert Technology Inc. Initially, the group studied using bees to detect airborne toxins and explosives before creating the app. Visit the link in our bio for more information on the project.