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Carnes: ‘The Final Season’ worth every minute

December 2, 2019

My earliest memories of the legend-in-the-making were the Vancouver Olympics of 2010, where she took the gold medal in the downhill. And it was all uphill from there. Although I saw her live a number...


Carnes: Second chance for first impressions

November 25, 2019

Conventional wisdom states one cannot experience something for the first time twice. I say nay-nay. Like many of you, I enjoyed the first turns of the Vail Mountain season on Nov. 15, providing me the...


Carnes: Real Republicans staying silent

November 18, 2019

In a not-surprising-in-the-least twist of strategy, GOP members with a modicum of political intelligence have chosen to remain eerily quiet lately, but especially these last few weeks. There are now two sects of the Grand...


Carnes: It is indeed the economy, stupid

November 11, 2019

There are those who say, because of stock market highs and unemployment lows, “We have the greatest economy in the history of our country!” Sensationalistic hyperbole aside, those people (OK, that one person) is dead...


Carnes: A stage worth waiting for

November 4, 2019

It had been so long since I had done the act, I wasn’t sure if I could do it again. That face. So cute, so innocent, so damn helpless. I knew what to do, how...


Carnes: Ding dong, the ISIS witch is dead

October 28, 2019

Congratulations to the United States military for ridding the planet of yet another religious nutcase who believed his particular deity was the only one out of thousands who actually exists. It’s almost as if religious...


Carnes: Good deeds bring smiles … sometimes

October 21, 2019

I would like to personally thank the individual who recently found my wife’s wallet in the Avon City Market parking lot. Good deeds seem to be a rare commodity these days, and when they do...


Carnes: My great and unmatched wisdom!

October 14, 2019

I’m sorry, but what exactly are you referring to this time? “Has Barack Obama been caught red-handed laundering money into his campaign from illegal online foreign donations?” Oh, I get it, but that’s a tweet...


Carnes: Happy Valley, here’s your sign

October 7, 2019

To quote the greatest band of all time, the signs are “here, there, and everywhere.” OktoberFest events have concluded and the Great American Beer Festival is in full swing. The Broncos are going nowhere fast and...


Carnes: Impeachment rarely a partisan issue

September 30, 2019

When Tricky Dick Nixon stood on the precipice of impeachment during the summer of 1974, it wasn’t so much a political party issue as it was the sheer audacity of the cover-up. Republicans and Democrats...


Carnes: Why listen to the smartmouth kids?

September 23, 2019

What do kids know, they’re just children, right? We, the establishment, are the ones in charge. We’re the adults here. We are the ones setting the stage for their future, not them. Our years of...


Carnes: Dem candidates all over the map

September 16, 2019

A little over three years ago, we watched the slow-motion clown car of the GOP as it meandered its way through a maze of candidates, each more extreme than the last. The result was a...


Carnes: Too many changes around here

September 9, 2019

No, I am not once again whining about the aches and pains of starting another decade with a beating heart. However, I am sadly empathizing about a few of the major personnel changes in Happy...


Carnes: Locker number change a major milestone

September 2, 2019

My memory is not what it used to be. Sure, I can recall my first kiss with Cathy Cooper on the steps of Preston Hollow Elementary in 1972 Dallas with phenomenal prepubescent detail, but I...


Carnes: Hooray, China’s paying for Christmas!

August 26, 2019

Slow down there a minute, Bucko, what do you mean China is paying for Christmas? “The president said he was delaying those well-deserved tariffs on Chinese imports so us Americans wouldn’t have to pay for...


Carnes: True legends never die

August 19, 2019

The man had been a legend for decades before I ever had the honor of meeting him. It was the mid-80s and I was in my mid-20s, and at the time all I knew was...


Carnes: This is not leadership

August 12, 2019

This whole, “I know you are but what am I?” approach to leadership was old before it even started. A childlike response, it has become mainstream on both sides of the political spectrum, but at...


Carnes: Enough with the traveling

August 5, 2019

Been absent from Happy Valley for part of the summer, but keeping up with the Vail Daily has kept me informed to know it’s apparently time to write about reunions of the family or high...


Carnes: Vail Resorts destroys drug kingpins

July 29, 2019

OK, so my headline, in addition to sounding like something out of The Onion, perhaps takes hyperbole into the stratosphere, but the point still remains that Vail Resorts just made yet another massive move to...


Carnes: Don’t like Happy Valley? Leave!

July 22, 2019

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Happy Valley men and women, who originally came from states with no first-class ski resorts whose corporate overlords are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept...