Montana Kaimin - The Letter K
Welcome to The Letter K, the Montana Kaimin's weekly newsletter featuring online-only content and the biggest stories from our printed paper. An important note: The Kaimin does not publish over the University of Montana's winter break and our last newsletter of the semester will be sent Dec. 13. There will be no Letter K emails sent until we return the week of Jan. 24.
This Week's Web-Only Stories

Mountain Line alters campus bus routes in response to staff shortage

Due to staffing shortages and a struggle to hire new drivers, Mountain Line has started scaling back some routes. For students who commute … Read more


Walnut Academy provides alternative education to neurodivergent students

Just west of Orange Street, nestled in the suburbs of Missoula, sits a three-bedroom house that looks like any other. In the living room, t… Read more


Battle of the badasses: Who’s the best spider daddy?

Since Stan Lee released the first Spider-Man comic book in 1962, our web-slinging friend has appeared in books, movies, shows and video gam… Read more


Dear Taylor Swift: You need to re-release ‘Speak Now’ and here’s why

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” just came out and it's beautiful. I listened to it twice, cried a lot and wished for the millionth time that day t… Read more


Barefoot beauty

When Danielle Johnston set her mind to something, she committed to it. She was 5 when she first fell off her bike. She hit a wooden fence p… Read more

In case you missed it, here is last week's feature and top stories.

Up With Montana: Photos from a campus revival

This semester, the University of Montana came back in a whirlwind of live concerts, sporting events and in-person classes. After nearly two… Read more


Local engineers back away from new Hip Strip condos, developer says project will continue

The plans for a $100 million redevelopment along the Hip Strip remain uncertain after the group designing the buildings canceled a public m… Read more


New Environmental Science and Sustainability degree attracts record student numbers

More than 100 students came into the new undergraduate Environmental Science and Sustainability degree this fall, 68 of whom were new to th… Read more


Millions lost from COVID-19 puts UM back in deficit

The University of Montana has lost more than $25.5 million from COVID-19 and is running an estimated $6.8 million operating fund deficit ba… Read more


Statistics, Spanish hit hard by UM incentivized retirements

The retirement of 15 tenured professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences after next spring will leave the statistics discipline wi… Read more


UM alumni’s Netflix-adapted hit ‘Maid’ is a portrait of poverty that’s all too familiar

At the beginning of the sixth episode of “Maid,” the midpoint of the new Netflix limited series, the titular character Alex Russell rides i… Read more


Zootown Classic brings oddities, Griz wins to Missoula

When the University of Southern Mississippi’s basketball team traveled to the Zootown Classic — the first tournament hosted in Missoula in … Read more

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The Letter K is a service of the Montana Kaimin, the University of Montana's independent, student-run newspaper. The Kaimin office and UM are located on land originally inhabited by the Salish People. Kaimin is a derivative of a Salish language word, "Qe'ymin," that is pronounced kay-MEEN and means "book," "message" or "paper that brings news."
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