Missoula Independent

  • 317 South Orange Street
  • Missoula, Montana 59801
  • Phone: (406) 543-6609
  • Fax: (406) 543-4367
  • Circulation: 20,000 (as of December 2015)
  • Audited By: Figure submitted by Publisher
  • Publication Day: Every Thursday
  • Market Served: Western Montana
  • National Advertising: Alternative Weekly Network
As Montana's largest weekly newspaper, the Missoula Independent provides a popular antidote to conventional local media. Published on Thursdays and distributed free at more than 630 locations across Western Montana, the Independent reaches a broad cross-section of readers. Half of all the adults in Missoula County read the Independent, and thousands more read it throughout the region, from Hamilton to Whitefish.

Home of the University of Montana, the U.S. Forest Service's regional headquarters and Snow Bowl, one of the gnarliest ski/snowboard areas in the Pacific Northwest, Missoula isn't just a paradise for the New Itinerants. It's a place where loggers and lawyers, students and professors, as well as trustafarians and young professionals all seek the golden life. The Independent offers a rich, in-depth perspective on our unique culture here in the northern Rockies. From the courthouse to the theater, the Independent covers "The Last Best Place" in all its variety.
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Missoula Independent  |  Sarah Aswell  |  01-22-2016  |  Science

A Softer Landing

An Iraqi family dreamed of a new life in Missoula, but they landed here with a thud. As the world grapples with the worst refugee crisis in a generation, can a group of local moms convince the state to open its arms?
Missoula Independent  |  Derek Brouwer  |  10-29-2015  |  Immigration
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