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Hunting and Fishing - 2/3/2009
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Missoula, MT

The hunting and fishing in Western Montana is fabulous! From downtown Missoula, one can drive 20 mins to outstanding fishing and recreation rivers - The Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Bitterroot.

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Missoula is a great town - 8/22/2011

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My home - 6/25/2011

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Arma, KS

Cost of Living, way of Life, and to all who trash - 6/7/2011

With all I have been reading on the issues everyone has on Missoula, it breaks my heart. I grew up in Missoula, as a transplant from S. Cali. We owned a Body Shop on Front Street I believe, in the 70's to the 80's. I have only the best memories of family, fishing, hiking, hunting, and overall life from Missoula and the surrounding areas. I want to come home so bad, cause I miss my trout fishing in the mountains, hiking up Mt. Jumbo, horse backing, swimming, boating, and just the best climate. I have been in SE Ks for about ten years, and hate it here more than anywhere I have ever been. Being near the recent tornado that wiped out a nearby town, Joplin, Mo, it just makes it worse. I don't much care to step outside and instantly be sweating unlike I have ever sweat in my life. Cannot get across the driveway and you are soaked here. No work, but cost of living is a bit lower in some areas of life. I never hardly ever broke a sweat in Montana. It is not humid and miserable like the midwest. When it is 90 here, it feels much hotter than the 105 I have seen in Montana. It feels more like 119 in Phoenix, but dripping wet, and out of control. You think people are rude there? Try the idiots in the Midwest. You would think twice! Rude, inconsiderate, irresponsible, and out to get you is what they are! Never been robbed before coming here, and have lost over sixty thousand worth of family inheritance and irreplaceable items. Ruthless and mean! So, don't be trashing a place people really do want to protect. There is reason for that, obviously it has gotten much more overrun than when I Was there. I hate to see it myself! I don't think you will find many places so desirable to live, and close to nature, as Western MT. I will still say it is sad to hear of the garbage in the street, and seeing Ol' Mahoney's Ranch in Lower Miller Creek turned into the "Burbs". It was five or six years since I passed through, and it hurt me then. I grew up five years at the base of Mt. Jumbo, just at the split at Rattlesnake creek on Van Buren. Then moved to Linda Vista in Lower Miller Creek for the most of the rest of my years growing up there. OF course, the last two were in a less desirable place, Wheeler Village, but not bad either. My memories go far beyond Missoula, to St. Ignitious, Flathead, Sealy Lake, E. Missoula, Superior, Hamilton, etc. Before you trash on the Town, take a few years here in the midwest, at the cold and callous jack asses they have here, and the lack of work, the wages and laziness of those from here. Then I would welcome your comments!! LOL!! Life has its really awesome and really awful places to be. IT depends on who and where you are. For me, it is the Great Rockies, lower humidity, and warm hospitality I miss.[read more...]

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Outdoor activities for all seasons - 5/27/2011

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still cheap - 9/22/2010

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Missoula is my home, whether I like it or not. - 11/14/2009

All the complaints about Missoula are true: the outrageous property values, the low wages, the impossible to find job, and the xenophobia. You have to understand that Missoula has always had low wages and few jobs. The near 5 percent unemployment rate stems more from desperation or the need work two jobs to survive the winter. I know too many single parents working two jobs and still unable to make it. In our weirdness, we ignore that most of the highly skilled jobs can only be filled by outsiders. So, we struggle on, griping. That's all we can do. Wage-slavery creates a kind of fraternal feel amongst the locals. It's not what you know here, but who you know. An IN is more important than most any degree. A college degree is a dime-a-dozen. We will always hire our long-time buddy over the most educated, qualified stranger. Our only real skills are hunting, fishing, logging, skiing, floating, art, and getting wasted. In the 80s, housing prices mirrored wages fairly well. A family starting out could afford a basic home in a safe neighborhood. A decent 2-3 bedroom home went for about 60-80 grand. Montana had so much cheap property that anyone could pick some up for the cost of a timeshare in Vale. After desirable properties started to run out, the values tripled and people are building suburbs in the farmlands.Even in the far suburbs of the Bitteroot, we got McCabins. For those that trash on the zoo, you can understand how someone who lives here would feel when factors beyond his control make the American dream almost impossible. With every day, the dream fades a little more. We really have every right to bitch, but it's nothing personal. We understand why you're here. No matter how much I hate Missoula(and I do most of the time), I always end up back here. Whenever I leave, this dirty, hippie, pretentious city pulls me back and whenever I'm here, I can't wait to be off. I guess familiarity is a blessing and a curse.[read more...]

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Great place to visit - 8/23/2009

Missoula is a great place to visit. There are plenty of services for tourists and it is in a beautiful location.The people are friendly. However, those services provide the majority of the jobs. Very few jobs are to be had in town that will pay more than $10 an hour. Many, many University of Montana graduates have flooded the job market and are competing for the few good ones and working at lots of the low-paying ones. The cost of living is high. Due to the high cost of living and the shortage of good jobs, many people are renting at a high cost. While I didn't have a problem finding a place, it can be tough. The people are friendly but many are very close-mined, and this is a trait to be found all across western Montana. They believe they are in the best place in the world and if you are from outside of there they will not accept you. They will constantly tell you how lucky you are to live there even though wages in Montana are some of the lowest in the nation. I cannot speak for the University since I didn't graduate from there.[read more...]

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Hunting and Fishing - 2/3/2009

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Transplants from California and Washington Have Ru - 9/30/2008

Overall, the people near and around Missoula are wonderful, caring and friendly folk. They do a great job of demonstrating what it means to be a community. There is no shortage of things to do either. However, over the past 5-10 years, there has been an influx of new residents from California and Seattle. With their money, these people have driven up the cost of living for everyone else and have made it nearly impossible for ordinary people to be able to have a decent standard of living. Since good paying jobs are difficult to find, many people have to work 2-3 full time jobs just to get by. The housing market has spiraled out of control to where no one except Califorians and Washingtonians can afford a place to live. In addition to these economic woes, these same groups have brought with them their extremist-radical socialistic views. While the Washingtonians appear to be at least open minded, the radicals from CA (namely San Fransisco) appear to be imposing their will on everyone else. These freeze-dried hippies keep driving up people's taxes (3 tax hikes in the past year alone) and proposing more wasteful spending (like building a trolley of all things downtown.) My advice would be to move to the beautiful Bitterroot, Jocko, or Mission Valleys. This way, you might be able to avoid the antics of the transplants. If you are planning on moving here from California or Western Washington, please don't. There are already too many of you here.[read more...]

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Dude, whatever... - 9/5/2008

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Gillette, WY

I also agree with Dogville - 8/11/2008

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Dogville's right - 8/1/2008

This is a beautiful-ish place (if you don't mind the garbage all over the streets - have actually watched Montana plated cars throw McBags out their windows on three separate occasions) but the folks here really do HATE people not from here. I came here with a job that fizzled out and two months later I still can't find work - can barely get an interview and the first question's been "Why are you here?". The pay is pretty lousy and folks want a graduate degree for a $9/hr job. There's a "South Park" episode about building a "c(sh)ity wall" - they would here if they could.[read more...]

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Dogville, MT - 1/2/2008

People in Missoula have a major chip on their shoulder about outsiders moving here. The "Us vs. Them" mentality is huge here, because people in Western Montana think they live in the best place in the world and refuse to confront the region's problems head on - they'd just rather blame it on people moving here. This is not to say that people aren't very nice on the street, and that there aren't very many charming things about this town if you visit as a tourist. For one, the scenery is beautiful, and I do like that this area is full of interesting old guys who can talk up a storm about how things used to be. The problem is that the later generations have taken "this is how it used to be" to heart. If you make the mistake of moving here from somewhere else, be warned - the petty, small-town mentality will cost you work. Speaking from personal experience, HR people here often don't accept credentials earned outside of Montana as being valid at all, unless (perhaps) you earned them in a neighboring state. If your degree or experience isn't from a place they consider "one of Us", expect it to count against you in interviews. I, with my Massachusetts and Seattle education, have been passed over for jobs more times than I can count because I wasn't "One of Us". People here are classically paranoid about their way of life being eradicated by "those people" (including anyone from anywhere in Western Washington, California, or the East Coast), and think it's their God given right to do whatever they please to keep "those people" from moving here. Missoula also exists in a love-hate relationship with UM, which has a chip on its shoulder that puts the rest of the town to shame. UM's athletics people are notorious for being the rudest, most disrespectful, awful people in the AA conference, and the school generally conducts itself as though it - and especially its coaches - are above the law. Missoula is also swamped with UM's recent graduates, to the point where most UM grads are working at Subway because education doesn't matter to employers here. Wages are a joke, too - even if you survive the outsider-screening process and get a job here, it's amazing to earn enough to squeak by considering the relatively high cost of living. If you make more than $10/hr consider yourself lucky. The chain grocery stores all charge Seattle prices because that's their nearest supply center, and the real estate market is insanely overinflated. A house in the nice area by the University costs at least $400,000, or as much here as it would in Seattle or Portland, and the rental market is so oversaturated that less than 1% of apartments are available at any given time. And don't even get me started on the way people drive here - it's as though everyone is offended that there's more traffic now than there was ten years ago, so they just pretend it isn't there. Is it any wonder that half of the cars in town have crumpled corners from being clipped at high speed? Western Montana thinks it's unique and interesting, but it's easily the most unenlightened, backwards, idiotic place I've ever lived, and I've lived in four other states. Do yourself a favor and never, ever, move here. I personally can't wait to leave.[read more...]

Casper, WY

You can't eat scenary - 12/27/2007

People in Missoula will go on and on about how pretty the area is right around town and in western Montana. And they are right. I have travelled out of the country twice an all over the United States and would agree that the area from Darby, MT to the Canadian border is very beautiful. I would put it in the top 10 most beautiful places I have been. However, people also think that you should be grateful to live in western Montana, after all, they think eastern Montana is just sooo ugly that it is unlivable. I am a teacher and that is one of the worst jobs that you can have in Missoula and western Montana. There is little union protection, as Montana is so backwards conservative, even "liberal" Missoula and so they don't believe in unions. If you are in any type of union job be prepared to have it told (or implied) to you that you should be grateful to live in Montana. That is basically the mentality I got. So unless you think that living in western Montana is Shangri-la and you do have a wage similar to a teacher's wage, your best bet is to stay out, away from all the college students desperately trying to make a living there. Realistically, would you want your children growing up into being brainwashed into thinking that there is no other place besides Missoula and western Montana?[read more...]

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