Century-old Idaho creamery to close

REXBURG (AP) — A century-old creamery in eastern Idaho is closing, ending a run stretching back to before World War I and adding to a list of agricultural-related casualties that mark Idaho’s evolving economy.

The Rexburg Standard-Journal reports the Nelson-Ricks Creamery Co. closes its Rexburg facility on Oct. 13.

Idaho’s milk industry is the nation’s third-biggest, but managers of the creamery based in Salt Lake City said the future of the 16-employee Idaho operation was too dim to keep the doors open.

There’s been talk for a year, since management went through a shake-up, that the writing was on the wall.

Dairy farmers in the region will have to find a new place to sell their milk.

Nelson-Ricks was founded in 1907 and once operated 12 facilities.

It’ll continue to operate in Utah.

Occupy Portland marks anniversary with march

PORTLAND (AP) — Activists marched through the streets to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Portland encampment.

Roughly 300 protesters began the march Saturday afternoon at Shemanski Park in Downtown Portland.

They chanted slogans such as: “We are the 99 percenters.” When they passed Wells Fargo, they yelled: “Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”

There were no reports of trouble. The Oregonian newspaper reported that marchers politely stopped outside the Benson hotel to let newlyweds get photographs taken.

The two parks that the demonstrators took over last fall were fenced off in preparation for Sunday’s Portland Marathon.

San Diego fugitive might be in Eugene

EUGENE (AP) — Investigators say a suspected child molester from San Diego might be in Eugene.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 61-year-old Frederick Cecil McLean, who fled from Southern California almost eight years ago.

McLean was charged in San Diego Superior Court in January 2005. Officials say he gained the trust of his alleged victims through a leadership position in his local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Don Allie told The Register-Guard that investigators have worked on many leads and believe McLean is most likely in Eugene.

Investigators won’t say what leads them to believe he’s in Oregon, other than he sent relatives a package from Eugene in 2005.

They say McLean may be working as an auto mechanic.

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