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Max is a proud Ogden boy, graduate of Uintah Elementary School, South Ogden Junior High and Bonneville High School.

He then packed up his Subaru and journeyed to the big city to study all kinds of random stuff at the University of Utah.

Random stuff became Max's specialty, meandering to a history degree and then into a two-year stint as a VISTA helping set up the Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center at Salt Lake Community College.

Turns out Graduate School in random stuff is called Seminary, where you spend three years learning more history, psychology, theology and no-longer-spoken languages.

The real disappointment, a Master of Divinity did not qualify Max to make a fluffy white vanilla-pecan confection.

But from great disappointment comes revelation: there's a job in random stuff and it's called journalism!

And so Max's meandering path led to the University of Southern California Annenberg School, and on to Palm Springs and home to Utah.

Of course, love leads from randomness to specificity, and Max loves politics. He's not ashamed to admit he was a David Brinkley fan when it WASN'T cool (you band-wagoners know who you are!)

When Max found a woman who actually had fun on a first date at the Utah State Legislature hearing the "State of the Judiciary" address, he knew he'd found the one.

That was in 1994. Natalie still tolerates him to this day, and his two sons have no choice.

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    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of statistics have combined to spotlight Utah as a durable economy: second fastest job growth and fourth most diverse. Gov. Gary Herbert made a point of it at the beginning of his monthly press conference. “We don’t have all of our economic eggs in one basket,” the governor said. He has the evidence to back it up. In August alone, three major corporations in three separate industries announced they would bring new jobs to […]

  • State Representative to Legislature: hospitals can be dangerous

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s health care debate took an unexpected turn at the State Capitol, where a lawmaker who is also a doctor argued that access to health care can be a bad thing. Representative Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine, made the comments in a Health Reform Task Force meeting, in reaction to a story from another doctor. Doctor Kyle Jones told the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force about a neighbor who was in a car crash. That […]

  • Stewardship Commission meets for first time, discusses taking federal lands

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s almost like they knew what was about to happen: When Representative Keven Stratton and Senator David Hinkins sponsored HB 151 creating Utah’s Commission on the Stewardship of Public Lands, they didn’t know a rancher in Nevada would force a standoff with federal agents in April. But that’s what Cliven Bundy did in April. They didn’t know an elected Commissioner in San Juan County would organize an ATV ride in lands the BLM had made off-limits […]

  • Man charged with witness intimidation has connections to Shurtleff, Swallow

    SALT LAKE CITY — Robert Montgomery was already a felon twice over when he hosted two fundraisers for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. Now he’s accused in federal court of trying to intimidate a witness in an official proceeding. Montgomery was convicted on a weapons charge in 2003, and on a charge called “Illegal Manufacture of a Telecommunications Device,” in 2000. He and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff hosted a group of businessmen at Mimi’s Cafe in Murray in […]

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    Organization targets Utah cities with gun ordinances that conflict with state law

    SALT LAKE CITY — From North Logan to Kanab, cities around the state have gotten letters from the 2nd Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington, and the group is hoping their efforts will lead to changes in laws regarding guns in those cities. Forty nine cities got letters, each saying the city had ordinances on the books that went against state laws. “We’ve been very successful. We have now gotten a hundred laws removed around the United States and in […]

  • Community breaks ground on accessible playground in Syracuse

    SYRACUSE, Utah – Residents of Syracuse have seen more than their share of tragedy lately, but the community celebrated this week as they broke ground on a new playground dedicated to a special young girl. Residents broke ground on Chloe’s Sunshine Playground, which will feature adapted swings, slides and other attractions that are accessible to children who are dealing with disabilities. Seven-year-old Chloe Bennett was all smiles as the groundbreaking began Tuesday. Chloe’s family helped raise about $400,000 to build […]

  • Signs warn boaters of low levels at Utah Lake

    UTAH LAKE, Utah — Boaters at Utah Lake are suffering in what has been a good year for reservoirs in northern Utah. While Jordanelle, Starvation and Strawberry are holding more than 75 percent of their capacity, Utah Lake is sitting 4.36 feet below full, at 55 percent of capacity. “Every time we go someplace, go up to a dock or something, we dig up a bunch of mud and we can’t get to it,” said Brittany Christianson, a teenager who […]

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    Friends, family remember man killed in Davis County demolition derby accident

    DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Friends and family are remembering a man who was killed in a demolition derby accident in Davis County Wednesday night. Bren Ewing, 41 of Hooper, was killed after he ducked under an overturned truck to check on a driver and the truck rolled onto him. Ewing’s family sent Fox 13 this statement: Bren Ewing, 41, of Hooper died tragically on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in an accident at the Davis County Fair Demolition Derby. He was a […]

  • Utah Democrats, Republicans disagree on way to fill Senate vacancy

    SALT LAKE CITY — There could be a general election for State Senate District 14, but there won’t be. That’s the word from State Senator John Valentine and the Utah County Republican Party. “I wouldn’t want to presuppose that my nomination is going to sail through,” said Valentine, who has been appointed to Chair the Utah Tax Commission. Valentine’s new job will require him to resign his seat in the Senate, assuming that same Senate confirms him for his new […]

  • Protesters to Common Core gather at state School Board meeting, dissapointed with result

    SALT LAKE CITY — A quick vote ended a long morning of protests and public comment as the State Board of Education voted to request a federal waiver from federal No Child Left Behind mandates. The vote angered well over a hundred protesters who packed the Board’s meeting room beyond capacity and filled the adjacent hallways of the state office of education. Common Core opponents say the vote is tantamount to solidifying federal control of Utah school curricula. Their argument: […]

  • In most disasters: responsibility to pay rests on homeowner

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Standard homeowner insurance policies don’t cover damage from floods, earthquakes, or landslides. It’s a fact that often sinks in when it’s too late, like after a slab of mountainside falls, making a home unlivable. Insurance agent Brett Muir lives half a block from the landslide that occurred earlier this week in North Salt Lake. “I’ve actually been in contact with a lot of the insurance companies that I represent,” Muir said. “They do have an official […]

  • NSL landslide likely to hurt real estate values, at least in the short-term

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Beautiful views, an easy commute, and brand-new homes for less than you’d pay for a fixer-upper in the Avenues. That’s been the allure that has turned the slopes to the south and east of North Salt Lake into a bedroom community for upper and middle-income professionals working in Salt Lake city. Add to that unstable hillsides, and you create problems that extend beyond the immediate impact on the homes evacuated or destroyed by the slide. “I […]


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