January 14th, 2011

Cornet cowboy’s book published

>His is not an Anacortes story — but he’s only a bay away!
I haven’t read the book yet, but I learned today of the release of “The Singin’ Salmon Man,” an autobiography by Arnie Deckwa of North Whidbey Island.
I first met Arnie as a reporter at the Whidbey News-Times in Oak Harbor, and over the course of my years at the paper I wrote at least two or three feature stories about him. “The story,” you see, kept changing.
As noted in the press release about his book, Arnie has worn career hats ranging from sheriff’s deputy and commercial fisherman to country gospel singer and gourmet food entrepreneur. I get a kick out of the book’s foreword, which tags Arnie as “the first and only cowboy ever to ride into the history of Nashville’s Country Music on smoked salmon.”
To learn more about Arnie, his book and his Northwest seafood products company, visit http://www.cornetbay.com/.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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