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China has the Great Wall and we, our Great Will ... as in, "Will the new trade war bring back the Great Depression? Locally, "Will tariffs on aluminum bring Alcoa back to the Wenatchee Valley? Will tariffs on steel bring back the glory days of American heavy industry? China has had the Great Wall...

Dan Newhouse, U. S. Congressman
“Okanogan Strong” was the motto that aptly described the community’s response during devastating wildfires that struck our region in 2014. That same saying applies again today as the Okanogan community grapples with a natural disaster – this time severe flooding that is potentially the worst since...
“My brother is an addict. I am raising his daughter.” That is one of the many responses I received when I asked constituents of the 4th Congressional District how opioids and heroin abuse have affected people in our community. The responses are eye-opening to the heartbreaking cost of the opioid...

U. S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
For months, my Pacific Northwest congressional colleagues and I have been raising our voices and working on legislation to prevent increasing forced spill at the lower Snake and Columbia River dams from raising electricity rates in our region by $40 million. That forced spill order, the result of a...

U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
‘And don’t let the door hit you on your way out,’ one might say to the old tax code that allocated more of American families’ earnings to the federal government. Tuesday, April 17 is the final filing day under the outdated federal tax system, thanks to successful tax reform efforts that have been...

Gary Begin
Speaking exclusively to NCW Media, a spokeswoman for Conspiracy Nation reports that the fire at Trump Tower was caused by a Russian national who was operating an illegal bitcoin mining center. Unregulated bitcoin mining can easily overwhelm the normal electrical systems found in apartments and...

Bill Forhan
Local Orchardists are concerned about the impact of China’s new tariffs on Apples and Cherries. Washington state is probably going to be hit the hardest. The question is just how big of a problem is this? First, only 2 percent of U.S. apple exports go to China. Most of our exports go to Canada and...

Congressman Dan Newhouse
I recently traveled across Washington’s Fourth Congressional District to speak with farmers from each county to hear their concerns about an upcoming Farm Bill. One of the largest concerns expressed by farmers had little to do with congressional action, however: Central Washington farmers...

U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
One of the most urgent issues we face right now in Central Washington is the ongoing threat to dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Just this week, a 9th Circuit Court panel rejected arguments for an injunction to pause a forced spill order by an Oregon federal judge. The Oregon judge’s order...

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