COVID NUMBERS IN MONTANA

Total Montana cases are up nearly 900 in a week, as of Monday, yet total active cases are down by 35 in the same time. Missoula County also reported 13 fewer active cases than the week before. Over 8,300 Montana cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with about 900 people recovered in the past week. Hospitalization rates continue to rise, with over 163 statewide, nearly 30 more than last week. In Missoula County three people have died since the start of the pandemic, with no new deaths in the last couple of weeks. Statewide there have been 118 deaths, 14 in the last week. (Mazana Boerboom, Griffen Smith)


UM OFFERS LATE-START ‘PURSUE YOUR PASSION’ CLASS

The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship is encouraging women on campus and across the state to enroll in its late start “Pursue Your Passion” one-credit class, which will start on Sept. 22. The class is meant to uplift women and encourage them to pursue a new project, initiative, business idea, etc. The program intends to create an environment where women support one another, aren’t afraid to share ideas openly and have access to inspirational female mentors. Offered in partnership with the Davidson Honors College, the course will be taught by a UM alumna and will be available to all UM students, at any level, as well as staff, faculty and the general public. (MB) 


MISSOULA TO GET $19.1 MILLION FILM STUDIO

A Georgia-based film studio company, Shadowcast Partners, and Montana Studios announced plans last week to buy land a mile north of the Missoula airport to build a film and television studio. The facility is set to cost over $19 million and will cover 120,000 square feet of space. According to a Missoulian article the studio will be the first of its kind in Montana and should bring economic benefits with it. Final approval by the county is expected by December and the construction could take between 10 and 15 months. (MB)


BURNED LAND ON MOUNT SENTINEL IS RESEEDING

he fire that burned over 24 acres on the side of Mt. Sentinel will be getting treatment and reseeding from the City of Missoula and the University of Montana. According to reporting from the Missoulian, the fire released nutrients into the soil, and allowed more growth for future plants. The city of Missoula said it has a GPS location of different plant species across the mountain, which they will use to restore native species and kill weeds. (GS)


LIBRARY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL EXCHANGE WITH JAPAN STUDENTS

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield center launched a virtual exchange program with Tohoku University in Japan. According to UM news, the program will take 40 students from the Japanese department and the Franke Global Leadership Initiative at UM and pair them with 20 students from Tohoku. The project is designed to foster cross-cultural engagement and address global environmental issues, which include plans to meet with homestay families in Glacier National Park. (GS)


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