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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 23

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray checks out a special bentwood box made by Nooksack-raised artist Louie Gong before it is presented to President Xi of China.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray checks out a special bentwood box made by Nooksack-raised artist Louie Gong before it is presented to President Xi of China. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Louie Gong, who was raised in the Nooksack tribal community and is now a Seattle-based artist, presented a bentwood box to President Xi of China on Tuesday. Gong, who is known for his merger of Chinese and Northwest Native American artistic influences, was asked by the Seattle mayor’s office to create a gift to represent Seattle. The result is hand-painted Fu Dog design applied to one of his Uncle Peter Gong's bentwood boxes, which are made of red and yellow cedar and typically used for ceremonies and special events.

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Use your right

This week about 218,000 people around the state who aren’t registered to vote but look like they’re eligible will get postcards from election officials reminding them that online registration is easy at MyVote.wa.gov. To get the chance to vote in the Nov. 3 general election, register online or by mail before Oct. 5; first-time voters can register in person at their county election office until Oct. 26.

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Sudden Valley road delay

One lane of Cascade Lane near Sigma Circle will be closed Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, for culvert work. Expect delays.

No sitting

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Go see: The Western Gallery at Western Washington University will display “The Art of Seating,” a survey of American chair design featuring 40 examples of iconic seating from the early 19th century to the present, Sept. 23 through Dec. 11. Gallery admission is free.

Daily chuckle

From the Blaine police log: On Sept. 21 on H Street “passersby called 911 when they heard a woman's loud screams of pain and alarm and sounds of a fight coming from from an apartment on H Street. The arriving officers also heard the cries inside and they received no response except more yelling when they announced themselves at the doors. Upon entry the officers discovered a man and woman in the bathroom locked in a no holds barred battle, with their cat. The sodden creature did not want to be bathed and was clawing its way through its captors to freedom. The officers made sure no bandages or veterinarians were needed then went back outside to reassure the worried neighbors.”

What’s happening in Whatcom is a weekday feature of BellinghamHerald.com. Send tips to newsroom@bellinghamherald.com

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