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    The Daily Troll: Wildfires destroy close to 100 homes. Seattle picks Marysville retiree as interim school superintendent. China's online giant looking at Seattle.

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    Nearly 100 homes destroyed in wildfires

    Gov. Jay Inslee headed to Central Washington today after hundreds of residents fled Brewster and Pateros as the Carlton Complex wildfires ripped through the Central Washington towns, burning an estimated 95 homes overnight. “Now it’s like the fire is chasing us,” Pateros resident Ryan Greene told the Wenatchee World. A section of Highway 97 is closed today as 600 firefighters battle the flames that span 168,713 acres. A large swath of Okanogan County is without electricity after the fire burned through power lines, according to the News TribuneUpdated 6:15 AM 7/19.Highway 97 has reopened.The town of Brewster emptied out Friday night. 

    Facebook group formed to provide information about help for fire victims in Chelan already has 1,429 members offering food, clothes and shelter. The Red Cross is collecting donations. 

    Updated 6:15 AM 7/19. Meanwhile, south of the Carlton Complex fire, the Mills Canyon Complex continues to rage, with Antoine Creek, Swakane Canyon and Washington Creek under level 2 evacuation. And near Leavenworth, U.S. 2 remains closed as crews fight another fire.

    Before a flight to Wenatchee, the governor said some 2,000 firefighters are battling the blazes, according to Associated Press. — M.L. 

    Map: Wildlandfire.com

    Seattle Public Schools has new super 

    Updated at 4:35 p.m. The Seattle School Board this afternoon picked an interim superintendent, a retired Marysville Schools Superintendent, to run the system in the wake of Sacramento's hiring away of José Banda. Larry Nyland was credited with making big changes over nine years at the Marysville district north of Seattle. Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee said he will bring “an infusion of energy and brilliance.” Nyland (below) said that in the year since his retirement, he has consulted almost full time. 

    School Board member Stephan Blanford said he had been impressed by Nyland's work to transform both the Marysville district and the School Board and his commitment to educating all children. The graduation rate in Marysville, which has a substantial Native American student population, grew from about 50 percent to more than 70 percent during the nine years before Nyland's 2013 retirement, according to a story in The Herald last year. In remarks after the meeting, Peaslee said the board had heard repeatedly that Nyland was one of the most outstanding superintendents people in education had met. Nyland graduated from Seattle's Roosevelt High School and has three University of Washington degrees.

    The Sacramento board voted 6-1 Thursday evening to hire Banda and his selection, which had been expected for weeks, was recently greeted by the Sacramento Bee with a lukewarm editorial.  — J.C. 

    Alibaba targeting Seattle for possible U.S. site

    Alibaba, the Chinese retail behemoth, is eyeing the Seattle region for a new outpost, Geekwire reports. Alibaba dwarfs Amazon and E-bay — combined — and is expected to be the largest tech company in the world once it goes public in the U.S.  Although Alibaba hasn’t made any official announcements, it has listed job openings for engineers in the Entrepreneurs & Experts in Seattle group, saying that employees could be based in the Seattle region or in China. (Embattled Microsoft workers, take note.) It’s unclear whether the new outpost would be located on the Eastside or in Seattle. — M.L. 

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    Posted Sat, Jul 19, 11:50 p.m. Inappropriate

    The retired Marysville superintendant? Good God, do this city's worthless "progressives" have any sense of how far they have fallen? Somehow I doubt it.


    Posted Sun, Jul 20, 8:47 a.m. Inappropriate

    Wow. What a provincial snob! People from Marysville aren't good enough for NotFan? Would it help you to know that he was born in Seattle and grew up here? Does that make him acceptable?

    Are you so desperate for something to complain about?


    Posted Mon, Jul 21, 8:28 a.m. Inappropriate

    Hey Cool, my guess is NotFan was not complaining about the choice, but about "progressive" Seattleites' crestfallen feelings for having to accept someone from Marysville. You know, not a pro-marijuana, tolerant-as-long-as-you-agree-with-our-agenda socialist.

    Posted Sun, Jul 20, 3:07 a.m. Inappropriate

    I'm not an editor, but shouldn't it be '33 attorneys general.'

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