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Americans for Prosperity holds GMO meeting

Jackson County Americans for Prosperity will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Medford library on the ballot measure that would ban genetically modified organisms in crops grown in Jackson County.

Speakers will be Brian Comnes of GMO Free Jackson County, who is one of the chief petitioners for the measure, and Martina Newell-McGloughlin, who directs the systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program for the University of California system.

Comnes, of Ashland, is a retired information technologies manager who became interested in food and farming issues via the "Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer" campaign. Newell-McGloughlin is co-director of a National Institutes of Health training grant in biomolecular technology and is co-director of a training program in agricultural technologies and engineering, a collaboration between the University of California system and Ireland.

The local chapter of Americans for Prosperity has not taken a position on the measure, which will be on the May 20 primary election ballot.


Bridge club hosts tourney Friday-Sunday in Phoenix

The Jackson County Bridge Club will host an American Contract Bridge League-sanctioned, duplicate bridge Sectional Tournament Friday through Sunday, March 21-23, at Dan Voorhies Bridge Center, 4149 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix.

The tournament is expected to draw players and club champions from throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The tournament will run games available for players of different levels, from pairs on Friday and Saturday to Swiss Teams (where four players team up to play different matches) on Sunday. Each day has two sessions, but on Sunday the teams play both. On Friday and Saturday, players can join either the morning or afternoon sessions.

Cost is $8 per session for players with fewer than 50 Masterpoints, and $9 per session for those with more than 50 MPs ($12 for non-ACBL members).

Bridge games start at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive 45 minutes early to reserve their pairs. For more information, phone 541-772-3285.


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