On the eve of graduation, our campus is filled with only birdsong and bells. Your University of Montana graduation is built upon a foundation of memories, friendships, challenges, grit and treasured moments. Together, these experiences light the way to a bright future. No virus can take that away. To our Class of 2020, we’ll leave the lights on for you. UM offers a special thanks to carillioner Barb Ballas for writing and playing this special version of "Pomp and Circumstance."

Sovereign Valentine, a personal trainer in Plains, Mont., needs dialysis for his end-stage renal disease. When he first started dialysis treatments, Fresenius Kidney Care clinic in Missoula charged $13,867.74 per session, or about 59 times the $235 Medicare pays for a dialysis session. On July 26, 2019 a representative from Fresenius told Sov's wife, Dr. Jessica Valentine, that the company would waive their unpaid bill after an investigation by Kaiser Health News. (Tommy Martino/Kaiser Health News)

Governor Bullock declared a state of emergency on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation after a month of crippling heavy snow and massive drifts left towns like Heart Butte, Starr School and Babb isolated in February and March of 2018.

Surfers from Montana and around the country take to the Clark Fork River for some of the best river surfing the state has to offer. Video by Tommy Martino, Missoulian

Scenes from the air as Missoula's fall colors from their peak in Missoula, Mont. 

John Walker builds high-end custom guitars at his shop in Petty Creek near Alberton, Montana. Walker is one of the premier luthiers in the world. 

Final project for Advanced Audio class at the University of Montana

"I can still smell it from the first time I walked in there." Si Smith came to the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., for orientation in June 2010. It was near his birthday, and his parents brought him to Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments for his first guitar. He picked up a beater and made an impression. Greg hired Si, and the job changed him, becoming home during his college years and the place where he really learned to play.

Hiking the M

University of Montana student Dylan Todd hikes on the “M”trail located on Mount Sentinel in Missoula, Mont. 

North Muskegon Fire department hosted a statewide Ice Rescue Conference and Education Day on Bear Lake in North Muskegon on Jan, 2015. The department had a range of rescue equipment and gear on display at the event, including the department’s two hovercrafts. (Tommy Martino | MLive.com)