The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, October 03, 1979, Page 5, Image 5

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Kelly Laughlin
A typical student’s eyes may
it be alert during an 8 a.m.
erature class, but if he’s
Immuting from Clackamas,
jlwaukie or Portland to the
bllege via the Redland-
rkplace interchange, his
isal passages are certain to
Ind at attention. The reason?
issman’s Landfill in Oregon
iThe 100-acre landfill that
iened in 1969 was put into
deration at a time when the
etropolitan Service District
is non-existent. Only design
¡proval and a franchise licen-
from the state and county
>re required in order to open.
The Rossman site used to be
natural lowland swamp. The
cteria that settled there from
e garbage created the
iiseous gases. Virtually every
idfill in Oregon does give off
odor of methane gas and
1er combustible fumes. But
> result of decomposition
imthe garbage, coupled with
sought for landfill odor
the swamp locale at Rossman's to run directly through the lan­ stream away from the landfill at
created the additional amount dfill, creating an unbearable MSD’s request.
of gas that was finally alleviated amount of odor problems, ac­
Another cause for the smell,
two years ago, said Merle Er­ cording to the operator and according to Ervine, is the
vine, director of solid wastes for owner of the site, Jack Parker. steep incline located at the
the MSD
When the MSD began dump. “The flow of air from
Part ot a natural appendage regulating the operation of the hill results in accelerated
to the swamp that connects Oregon’s landfills in 1977, decomposition of the wastes,
with the Clackamas River used - workers there diverted the and thus more odor, he said.
ODOR EATER—The MSD is inspecting prospective sites for a future landfill site,
when Rossman’s closes in 1982. Proposed sites are the city of Durham in Washington
County, Mira Mont Farm, south of Wilsonville, and 106th and Division.
Photo by Kelly Laughlin
Xrtist celebrates a childhood dream
doing watercolors as a child. I
never dreamed it would lead to
this,” said the Hubbard artist.
Aside from making a sub­
stantial income applying brush
to canvas, Schwabe’s work
gained West Coast recognition
when one of her paintings was
displayed alongside the state’s
finest works at the Seattle Nor­
works are on display in the work is fresh, alive, and vivid in
Fireside Lounge through Oct.
color. The scenes she paints
leane Schwabe lives her
reflect nature at ease: a tall
Recently, an experimental
grass meadow, a snow-
While she agrees that’s what
painting, “High Country,” was
covered bank, and a clear blue
/good watercolorist should
purchased by the Craftsman
stream winding between birch
, Schwabe considers her 12-
Press Calendar Company to
trees. Schwabe sticks to the
ar addiction to the tran-
appear in the 1980 calendar. “I
imaginable, but as she put it, “I
irent medium a bit like a
was overjoyed,” she said,
have to work at it everyday to
bless disease. “I’m hooked
“some of the finest watercolors
stay sharp. Watercolors can
in the nation appear on that
easily get away from you if you
don’t practice. It took me a
The painting is one of Sch­
long time to see things as a
wabe’s first experimental
whole scene, rather than one
watercolors, made by applying
object. That’s one thing that
an acrylic base on masonite,
comes from just practice, prac­
then tissue paper. The result,
tice, practice.”
when the paint is applied, is a
One could call Schwabe a
textured, abstract watercolor,
purist in the sense that water­
with shapes and contours not color is the only medium she’s
found in most traditional
ever worked in. “There’s so
watercolor paintings.
many ways to attack the can­
Schwabe said she doesn’t vas. You can go wet into wet
want to carry her work too far for a bleeded affect or use a dry
into the abstract, although the brush, but you have to have
tissue paper technique lends it­ control. The average water­
self best to abstracts. “I want to color takes about one hour to
stick to the subject matter. I finish. Add about 20 years of
don’t think I would feel right practice,” she said, “and you
making that big a transition in can bet the next one will be as
big a challenge as the first.”
RUSTIC ADDICTION- Jeane Schwabe displays “High my work,” she said.
Too much could be at stake
Schwabe’s work will remain
ountry,” one of three paintings showing in the Com-
if Schwabe switched from in the Fireside Lounge until
lunity Center’s Fireside Lounge until October 19.
“realist” paintings to purely in­ Oct. 19, along with the works
Photo by Kelly Laughlin
tangible images. Schwabe’s of five other Northwest water­
Kelly Laughlin
the Print
Editor’s note
The Print is looking for
iteresting people to
attire. Since we feel that
veyone at the College is
lique, we’d like you to
tare with us any unusual
astime. From speed­
aedlepoint, no holds are
arred. Contact Kelly
aughlin, feature editor,
onday, Wednesday or
May by calling ext. 309
am 1-2 p.m. Or, come by
toiler B. Become a
October 3, 1979
Best Burger Basket
and a coke
Orders to Go Is
■Oregon City Dairy Queen
Bring this coupon with you
■Corner, Molalla & J.Q. Adams
Currently, Rossman’s collec­
ts nearly 4,000 tons of garbage
daily. According to Charles
Gray, assistant manager of the
northwest regional office of the
Department of Environmental
Quality, the landfill “is the only
currently open solid waste
disposal site in Clackamas
County. Nearly half of the solid
wastes in the Portland
Metropolitan area are dumped
there,” he said.
Before June or July of 1982,
the projected closure date for
Rossman’s another landfill site
must be chosen. Immediately,
the problems of Oregon City
landfill is faced with are being
investigated by both Rossman’s
and the MSD.
By placing test wells and
pipes in the landfill, the MSD
and Rossman’s hope to vent
gases for both disposal and
practical uses. According to Er­
vine, two types of systems
could be used. A passive
system would allow the gas to
flow out of the pipes naturally.
An active system would collect
the gases to be put in a treat­
ment facility and finally taken
to a natural gas gridline. In
Palos Verdes, Calif., an active
system is run at a landfill which
collects and processes enough
gas to heat 1,400 homes in the
Additionally, the MSD plans
to establish a resource recovery
plant in conjunction with the
new site, where the garbage
will be ground, boiled, and
from the steam, used to create
power for the Publisher’s Paper
mill in Oregon City. The
recovery plant is planned to go
on line in the 10-acre plot ad­
jacent to the Rossman site in
1984. By then the landfill will
have closed, “The recovery
plant will, of course, not be
able to make use of all the
unrecyclable waste, the ash
from the recovery plant would
be dumped in the landfill,” said
Now, the MSD is inspecting
prospective sites for the future
landfill. The new landfill will
not be located in Oregon City,
but at a higher elevation. “The
simple theory that gas rises
means that a landfill at a higher
altitude is more feasible,” Er­
vine said. Proposed sites are
the city of Durham in
Washington County, Mira
Mont Farm south of Wilson­
ville, 106th and Division.
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-VW Specialist
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-Complete electrical repair
812 Molalla Ave.
Oregon City
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