Every year since 1996 the Missoula Independent has sent a shout out to local photographers, loaded their cameras with film and deposited them on the streets to capture the goings-on of The Garden City in a 24-hour tour de photographic force. This springtime rite of passage annually beckons a couple dozen shooters to burn a few thousand frames on anything Missoula, and this year may be the strongest “One Day in Missoula” issue to date.
Artists, professionals, high school students, pro photographers, retirees and teachers ranging in age from 17 to 71 filled this year’s stable of local photographers who dedicated part of their day to making this issue a success. On the following four pages (check out the special “weather feature” on page 20, too) you’ll find some of the best work they could muster in the 24 hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2003. Their individual talents, as well as the circles in which the various photographers run, have allowed the broad-swath cityscape documented on these pages.
It would be difficult, if not arrogant, to claim that we were “successful” in documenting the diverse community that makes life in Missoula such an extraordinary adventure. But our city is still small enough that many of you will recognize the people who subjected themselves to the camera eye.
But either way, we’ve covered elementary school students, bocce ball games, firefighter trainees and “pasture” golfers. And next year when this issue rolls around, we’ll be looking again for a few good shooters. We hope you can join us.1: Photographer: Greg Homolka, 3:14 p.m.
Travis Schule delivers a shot on the paulina during a game of bocce ball with Ashley Christiansen in Sacajawea Park.
2: Photographer: Greg Homolka, 11:14 a.m.
Although she was just a block away from the Missoula Police station, when Blair Valenti locked her keys in her car she had to pick the lock by herself. “The cops won’t do it because of the liability,” she said. “They said that they might break the window.” After repeated attempts, she was successful.
3: Photographer: Norman Jacobson, 6:45 p.m.
Maurine Jacobson sits near a roadside memorial dedicated to Kaylan Wright, a 20-year-old who died in a car wreck on October 15, 1998 when her car plunged off the road and into the Clark Fork River.
4: Photographer: Sheena Kanpp, 10:10 a.m.
The first fluorescent yellow buds burst from a birch tree on East Broadway.
5: Photographer: Morgen Lanning, 1:45 p.m.
Labrador-retriever cross Buster retrieves a dandelion-colored tennis ball during a game of fetch at the Riverbowl Field along the Southside River Trail.1: Photographer: James Shipley, 8:04 a.m.
75-year-old Dora Roberts of Missoula swings a 9-iron on the first hole of “pasture golf” early Wednesday morning. Dora and her husband Glade converted their backyard hay field on Spurgin Road into a seven-hole course in March after golfing in Arizona last winter. “It’s a great form of exercise, that’s mainly what we do it for,” said Dora, though both admit the games can get competitive.
2: Photographer: Morgen Lanning, 1:35 p.m.
Keeping a watchful eye while their owner is away, three bull terriers keep the Suburban peace in a parking lot near the Clark Fork River.
3: Photographer: Shannon Behan, 5:58 p.m.
Four-day-old Gabrielle Nina Alena Wellenstein takes her first trip away from Community Hospital in the protecting arms of her mother.
4: Photographer: Chad Harder, 9:49 a.m.
Ankle-deep in water, a crow takes a morning bath in a parking lot puddle near Barnes and Noble Booksellers.1: Photographer: Matt Dagle, 11:00 a.m.
Bicycle mechanic Kevin Coleville aligns the rear wheel of a cruiser at the Bike Doctor. Spring is a busy time of year for bike repair, he says.
2: Photographer: Chad Harder, 12:11 a.m.
With the long-running Pinegrass playing traditional bluegrass tunes in the background, a Top Hat pool player lines up a bank shot into the corner pocket.
3: Photographer: Chris Autio, 8:35 p.m.
Last week was the final week of class for UM students, and many were ready to party. Folks attending an end-of-school shindig at the corner of 8th and Grant headed into the streets to make the most of the day’s final rays.
4: Photographer: Greg Homolka, 5:10 p.m.
Cyclist Scott Owens airs it out over a sequence of dirt ramps in an abandoned lot near Califor- nia Street.
5: Photographer: Morgen Lanning, 8:47 p.m.
A hiker takes an evening stroll up Waterworks Hill to catch the last rays of a setting sun.