State plans to sell Sheldon Jackson Museum in costcutting efforts

first_imgThe Sheldon Jackson Museum and the neighboring former Stratton Library may be sold by the Division of Alaska Libraries, Archives in Museums in an effort to cut state expenditures by the Dunleavy administration. (KCAW Photo/Enrique Pérez de la Rosa)Sitka Senator Bert Stedman has one word for the governor’s plan to sell of the state-owned Sheldon Jackson Museum: Crazy.The state Division of Alaska Libraries, Archives, and Museums announced late last week that it is looking to sell the Sheldon Jackson Museum. That’s after Governor Mike Dunleavy ordered state agencies to dispose of underutilized properties in an effort to reduce state spending.In total, the state owns over 1,800 structures with a booked property value of about $7 billion, according to the administration. Selling non-essential or under-utilized properties could mean savings in utility and upkeep costs.The Sheldon Jackson Museum was established in Sitka in 1895 by Presbyterian missionary Sheldon Jackson, who had traveled the Alaska territory as the General Agent of Education. It is the oldest museum collection of indigenous culture in the state. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1972, and later acquired and merged with the Alaska State Museum.In a press conference, Senator Bert Stedman said he is not interested in selling any state museums. He says the artifacts kept by the Sheldon Jackson Museum are invaluable.“The history of Alaska is extremely rich and we need to preserve that for future Alaskans and hand it down to our children and our children’s children, not liquidate stuff,” he said.Stedman is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and represents Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell and many village communities. Although the future of the artifacts housed in the museum is unclear, he told reporters he assumed sale of the museum would include the artifacts inside.“There is no way we are selling state artifacts and our museums,” Stedman said. “This is crazy. This is crazy stuff. We can fix our budget problems with the marine highway and education and all this other stuff and still keep our society intact.”In addition to selling the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the state is listing the former Stratton Library located next door.Already this year, Senator Stedman has expressed opposition to the proposed sale of the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatics Center. The $26 million pool facility has not yet opened to the public but is already being utilized by students of the state-run school.“They can sell the pool with me in it when they sell the governor’s mansion with him in it,” Stedman said in an interview with KCAW in February.last_img read more

Microsoft Build 2019 Preview Edge Andromeda and More

first_imgA session called “Fluent Design System: the Journey to Cross-Platform” promises to describe how Fluent will expand to the web, across different platforms and onto more hardware. Characterized by 3D effects, translucent backgrounds (what Microsoft calls Acrylic) and gorgeous, natural imagery, Fluent has helped modernize Windows 10 over the past few months.CortanaWhat is going on with Cortana? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed Cortana would not go against Alexa or Google Assistant as a stand-alone app and would instead remain a secondary app or skill. Then, earlier this month, Microsoft separated the smart assistant from the Windows 10 search bar, thus giving users the ability to avoid it altogether.Microsoft isn’t abandoning Cortana, but it’s time for an update on how it envisions the virtual assistant going forward. We know (via ZDNet) that the company will talk about a Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise, a service designed to help businesses make skills specific to their operation. Another technology that helps businesses build their own personalized digital assistant will also surface at Build. But that still leaves questions about what Microsoft will do to differentiate Cortana from other growing assistants, like Siri and Alexa.No Windows Lite or Windows Core OSMicrosoft won’t announce Windows Lite at Build 2019, according to a tweet from The Verge’s Tom Warren. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Windows Lite is a forthcoming competitor to Chrome OS that is designed to run on entry-level, low-power laptops.The rumored operating system is supposedly being built from the ground up to bring a modern, fluid experience to foldable laptops and budget devices. Most importantly, it will be an entirely separate OS from Windows 10 — one that’s more lightweight, so you can use it even with ARM-based chips. Build 2019 seemed like the perfect time to take the wraps off Lite, but if the rumors hold true, then Microsoft isn’t ready yet.MORE: Microsoft Making Windows Lite to Take on ChromebooksThe same goes for Core OS, a rumored operating system that will be shared across all Windows devices, including desktops, game consoles and laptops. Windows Core won’t run Win32 legacy software and will instead be built as a Universal Windows Platform. As excited as we are to see what Core OS means for Windows, it doesn’t seem like we’ll find out anytime soon.HoloLens 2It wouldn’t be Build without mixed reality. Microsoft unveiled HoloLens 2, the next generation of its augmented reality headset, at MWC in February of this year. We’ll likely get more details about the headset and tool to help developers make mixed-reality apps at Build 2019.We already know Microsoft hosted Mixed Reality Dev Days earlier this week, which gave developers hands-on time with HoloLens 2. Speaking of which, we spent some time with the $3,500 headset ourselves and were blown away by it. For now, HoloLens is practical only in the workplace, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more consumer-focused updates.What about Andromeda, aka the Surface Phone?Core OS was originally called Andromeda OS because it was rumored to launch alongside a foldable Windows smartphone. However, in mid-2018, reports surfaced claiming Microsoft would be rethinking its plans to launch a Surface Phone altogether. More recently, The Verge’s Tom Warren tweeted that Andromeda was dead. Given these reports, it seems highly unlikely that we’ll see a foldable smartphone from Microsoft at Build 2019, if ever.Credit: Laptop Mag; Microsoft Phillip Tracy, Microsoft’s Build developer conference is right around the corner, which means we’ll soon learn more about the company’s products and services, like Office, Azure and Windows. While the annual event is primarily targeted toward engineers and developers, a handful of features typically impact enterprise and consumer customers.This year’s conference will take place from May 6 to 8 in Seattle. Microsoft has remained fairly tight lipped prior to the event, but we have our suspicions, based on rumor and the agenda for this year. From Chromium-based Edge to Cortana, here is everything we expect to see at Build 2019.Microsoft Edge, Built on ChromiumNothing is generating as much buzz out of Redmond, Washington, as Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser. We went hands on with the browser when Microsoft launched the Developer and Canary builds in early April and came away impressed with its feature set and overall stability.Microsoft has been working hard to transition Edge to Chromium, and Build is the perfect time to rally the developer troops and urge them to build extensions for the browser.AdvertisementMORE: 3 Things I Love About Microsoft’s New Edge BrowserThere are currently two sessions at Build 2019 about the Anaheim browser, both of which are led by Microsoft employees. We’ll be at the event to give you the latest news on Edge, which will hopefully include a public release date and new features.Fluent DesignMicrosoft announced changes to its Fluent Design at Build last year, and we expect to see more of the same later this week. If not a further expansion of the design language, we should at least get an update on how it’s being used across Microsoft services. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThese Updated NFL Helmets Are Better Than the Real Thing247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy,last_img read more