Phishy Phishy Phone Scam

UMPD warned students Feb. 15 of giving information over the phone to unknown callers even if the caller ID seems official. A University of Montana student reported a phone call on Feb. 14 from a caller who identified himself as the chief of UMPD asking for $2,000 to avoid an arrest. This comes just after the last warning from the University about email scams on Feb. 13 urging the campus community to be cautious of impersonation scams and to take advantage of the DUO two factor log in on UM’s website. (Sydney Akridge)


UM’s Food Pantry celebrates one year 

The Food Pantry celebrated its one year anniversary Feb. 10 in the University Center. The pantry was organized in 2018 by graduate student Kat Cowley with help from the Basic Needs and Security Committee and the Associated Students of the University of Montana. The pantry also partners with the Missoula Food Bank and collects donations throughout the year. With the main food pantry in the UC and a handful of Grizzly cupboards around campus available to students, it has served over 500 students since it opened last February, according to volunteer Sarah Poole. The UM Food Pantry is open from noon-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m on Fridays. It is located near the ASUM office on the first floor of the UC. (SA)


Bozeman patient confirmed not to have Coronavirus

Test results for a person in Bozeman who the Gallatin City-County Health Department suspected to have coronavirus, came back negative Friday, Feb. 14, according to a press release. The individual had been isolated at the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital since Monday, Feb. 10. There have been 15 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the U.S., all of which occurred after individuals traveled from China. Since the new respiratory illness spread in Wuhan, China, cases have been confirmed in California, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Fever, cough and shortness of breath are all symptoms of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Lena Dore)


UM alert issued for shooting downtown

Police shut down eight blocks of downtown Missoula near the Missoula Police Department and Mountain Line transfer station Wednesday, Feb. 12, after a patrol car’s back window was reportedly shot through. No one was injured. City buses were rerouted and UM students were advised to avoid travel near Spruce, Pine, Ryman and Woody streets. The Health Department, Missoula Public Library, Partnership Health Center and the Missoula County Courthouse were also placed on lockdown. Though police found no suspect, the lockdown was lifted later that afternoon. (LD)


Feb. 14 assigned as Missoula’s Missing and Murdered Women Awareness Day 

Less than a month after 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead in Big Horn County and about two years after 24-year-old Jermain Charlo disappeared near the Orange Street Food Farm, the Missoula City Council proclaimed Feb. 14 as Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Awareness Day. According to national statistics, almost half of all Native American women in the United States have been raped, beaten or stalked by an intimate partner. Native American women are also more than twice as likely to experience sexual assault and are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average. The National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day is on May 5. (LD)