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One Day in Missoula

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Everyone in Missoula lives a life worthy of a photo story. With over 70,000 residents, however, it's impossible for any photographer or newspaper to cover each of us. So in an attempt to provide a slice of life rarely seen in Missoula, we publish "One Day in Missoula" every May. To make this happen, we gather some of the finest photographers in the valley to shoot film over one 24-hour period. This year, 10 photographers shot nearly 1000 frames, just to provide a window into the lives of some of the people of Missoula. We met Olympians and police officers, garbage dump officials and bartenders.

And the photographers themselves come from diverse backgrounds, and have different styles. One has worked strictly in fine art and will soon be working in New York City; another will be working at a paper in Costa Rica; two others have pursued stories in Central America. Each photographer brought a unique perspective to the "One Day" project. Each had something special to offer. What follows on the next six pages then, is a presentation of 24 hours in Missoula as seen through the eyes of these extraordinary artists.

Photo by Charlotte Rushton
Charlie B's and other Missoula bars are packed early on a Thursday morning, with end-of-semester students and seniors two days from graduation.


Photo by Jenn Jones
Nine-year-old Eleanore Kittleson-Aldred rides the special-needs school bus to Cold Springs Elementary School.


Photo by James V. Shipley
Eleven-year veteran police officer Don Strine responds to a traffic accident across town. Strine has been a motorcycle cop for seven years.


Photo by Charlotte Rushton
Saying that the day of reckoning is coming in the year 2004, Rev. Red Bex preaches his sermon of hellfire and brimstone. "I'm the king of the street, you know," says Red.


Photo by Samuel Anthony
Barber Ken Curtis trims Gilbert Anderson's hair at the Main Street Barber Shop.


Photo by Charlotte Rushton
Auto mechanic Mark Clark finishes the engine work on a 1969 Mercury Mirada.


Photo by Samuel Anthony
Three-year-old Teirsa Nash studies the Herberger's escalator at Southgate Mall.


Photo by Samuel Anthony
Michael Reish crosses a busy Broadway Street on his way to the courthouse bus stop..


Photo by Stuart Thurkill
Tabitha Many Hides and Polly Makes Cold Weather play on the swingset at Travois Village Mobile Home Park.


Photo by Jen Sens
UM students take it to the hoop at Franklin Elementary School, one of Missoula's most used outdoor basketball courts..


Photo by James V. Shipley
UM students Kevin De Puy and Lincoln Baker enjoy their first day of summer vacation by kayaking on the Clark Fork River near the Sha-Ron Fishing Access in East Missoula. Both De Puy and Baker are first-year boaters.


Photo by Dan Engler
Lenny Cenicola, a lineman at Minuteman Aviation, wrangles a hose after fueling a Cessna 152. Minuteman sells over 2 million gallons of aviation fuel every year.


Photo by Beth Huerta
Body-piercing artist Michael Burns slides a two inch needle through the tongue of "Tish" at Painless Steel. "We're not going to my mom's house this weekend," says Tish.


Photo by Jen Sens
Taking advantage of the late sunset, Ray Leideit and friends fly fish on the Clark Fork River.


Photo by Jen Sens
Five minutes before closing, Mustard Seed chef Matt Ball whips out a final stir fry of the night.


Photo by Jenn Jones
Iron worker Mike Danielson works on the ceiling grid of a new building at 39th Street and Reserve Street.


Photo by Chad Harder
A sure sign of spring, the McCormick Park softball fields are full of local teams slugging it out for various league titles.


Photo by Chad Harder
Olympian Monica Tranel carries her rowing skiff out of the water following a training session on the Forebay Reservoir above the Milltown Dam. Tramel is training for the 2000 Olympics.


Photo by Peter Jones
Downtown Missoula provides rock climber Peter Hearst with a crack to climb in the late hours of Thursday night..


Photo by Stuart Thurlkill
Downtown School kindergartners Alex Kowachek wrestles with Grant Woody during a field trip to A Carousel For Missoula


Photo by Peter Jones
Following their final class of the year, UM students Brook Blair and Jeff Schmulenburg enjoy a mountain bike ride in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area's Sawmill Gulch.

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