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Photos of the Week (01-20-14 to 01-26-14)

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A pit bull puppy named 'Niner' joined the Tuesday rally against breed-specific bans in Medford. - Julia Moore
Steve Fry, right, and other local organic farmers gather Wednesday at Fry Family Farm to support a ballot measure that would ban GMO crops in Jackson County. - Julia Moore
Diane Paulson, president of Cascade Peak Spirits Inc., prepares bottles to be filled with Organic Nation Gin at the Hersey Business Park distillery. The company has shut down. MT file photo
Olive Madison (Linda Otto, top) and Florence Unger (Robyn Duquesne Fichter) are the mismatched roommates in 'The Odd Couple: Female Version.' Photo courtesy of Rodney Rampy
Medford teachers rallied at the corner of Jackson Street and Biddle Road on Saturday. - Jamie Lusch
Cherly Lashley, president of MEA, gives a statement to the media after Medford voted to authorize a strike Thursday. - Jamie Lusch
Medford teachers leave the Ramada Inn after voting Thursday to authorize a strike over their impasse in contract negotiations with the school district. Negotiations were set to resume this morning in hopes of resolving the situation without a job action. - Jamie Lusch
South Medford High School senior Erica Paulsen doesn't want a teacher's strike to affect her graduation or college plans. - Bob Pennell
Five-month-old Toby is among the many pit bulls and pit-bull mixes awaiting adoption at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Pit bulls accounted for 17 percent of reported dog bites to humans in Jackson County and 30 percent of the shelter's euthanizations in 2013. - Bob Pennell
A nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable smoothie can be a fast breakfast, says holistic health coach Heidi Merker. - Julia Moore
Leigh Madsen will be the part-time manager of the Ashland Community Resource Center on Clover Lane. - Julia Moore
Dick Fosbury does his famed “Fosbury Flop” during his high-jumping heyday at Medford Senior High School. Fosbury went on to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 1968. MT file photo
Sunset Bay at low tide. Photo courtesy of Paul Hadella
VIBES Charter School student Briaha Miranda, left, reacts after reading her portion of 'I Have A Dream' speech by Martin Luther King Jr. during a celebration Sunday at North Medford High School. - Denise Baratta
Britt Festivals Music Director Teddy Abrams rehearses for the announcement of the 2014 Classical Festival Tuesday at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. - Julia Moore
From left in front, Trine Parsons, Margaux Quady, Brody Bramscher and Ethan McAnally compete at Oregon FIRST. In the back, from left, are Kent Dauterman, Catherine Dauterman, Herb Quady and Adam Callaway. RIGHT: From left, Sean Milligan, Nick Johnson (holding the trophy), Gordon Dauterman, Brody Bramscher and Ethan McAnally celebrate their win at Oregon FIRST. Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson
Ashland musician Steve Read says under Cover Oregon, monthly premiums for him and his wife dropped from $1,436 to $155. - Julia Moore
Pete Samarin, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, squeezes a female jack chinook salmon while checking out spawning habitat on the Applegate River on Wednesday. - Jamie Lusch