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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 — Gov. Gary Herbert wants to give schools a lot of money, and he’ll have a lot of support as he tries. The governor basked in the support of students at Granite Park Junior High School, where he held a press conference to announce his budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year. Still, the governor may have a fight on his hands anyway. The budget anticipates the state having an extra $638 million above the base budget […]

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    State considers banning wood burning from November 1 to March 15

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Air Quality will travel the Wasatch Front and beyond asking for public opinion before they decide if they will ban nearly all wood burning between November 1st and March 15th. The reason: wood burning emits particulate pollution at a far greater rate than equivalent amounts of energy expended in modern automobile engines, industrial plants and other contributors to the infamous annual inversion in Utah’s most populous Northern Valleys. “I’m really excited about […]

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    Utah organization brings Christmas cheer to the intellectually disabled

    SALT LAKE CITY — People with intellectual disabilities like autism and traumatic brain injuries are often overlooked during the holidays, especially as they get old enough that their parents are no longer caring for them. UAID organizes a holiday gift box giveaway every year, looking for donors and volunteers to make sure they get a gift on Christmas. Volunteers can pick up ornaments at their location at the old Mancuso’s religious gifts store on 1816 South State Street in Salt […]

  • Economists expecting higher holiday hiring numbers

    SALT LAKE CITY – If you are looking for extra money during the holidays, you don’t even have to wait for a real person to tell you they’re hiring. Target’s automated phone system tells you even before it tells you how to reach the pharmacy. “We’re now hiring. Stay on the line to speak to one of our team members for more details,” says a soothing female computer voice. Utah retailers, shippers and other employers are hiring more seasonal employees […]

  • Gun control groups ask Gov. Herbert to support campus restrictions

    SALT LAKE CITY — A collection of gun control supporters took a list of 20,000 signatures that were gathered online, most from outside of Utah, to Governor Gary Herbert’s office Friday. Their goal is to get the governor to support the right of public universities and colleges to keep guns out of meetings and assemblies. The inspiration for the petition came from Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist critic of video games who canceled a speech at Utah State University after receiving […]

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    Utah business leaders praise President Obama’s idea, criticize methods

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some of Utah’s biggest businesses will take advantage of one of President Barack Obama’s executive orders, even while many of the executives in those businesses disagree with the way the President changed immigration policy. They want highly skilled workers who would otherwise be sent out of the country. “Some days I only had three things to work on, visas, visas and visas,” said Coldwell Banker’s Lew Cramer of his attempts to hire qualified technical workers. A […]

  • Utah scientist talks ‘Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth’

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the most respected scientists studying snow in Utah’s mountains is a powder hound who writes a blog called Wasatch Weather Weenies, and he also has a new book coming out. The University of Utah’s Jim Steenburgh is one of those professors who turned what he loves into a career, and now he’s written a book for Utahns who love snow as much as he does. “’Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth’ is basically […]

  • Saratoga Springs police face angry protest over new revelations in Darrien Hunt case

    UTAH COUNTY — Saratoga Springs police faced angry protesters Friday, who were upset to learn one of the officers who shot and killed Darrien Hunt was wearing a body camera that was not recording. That information came to light when Robert Sykes, the attorney for Hunt’s mother, Susan, released a police report inventorying the equipment the police carried on September 10 when Hunt allegedly lunged at them with a sword. The Utah County Attorney later declared the shooting justified, but […]

  • Gunnison sage-grouse gets federal protection, Utah officials react

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Gunnison sage-grouse would probably enjoy all the attention. The bird is something of a show off. It lives in and around the iconic sagebrush of the Western United States and is best known for its spring mating ritual. The males strut, puff out the white plumage on their chests and flex their tails, showing a spray of feathers. Females, apparently, find the display hard to resist. A number of the birds live on Jay Tanner’s […]

  • Utah lawmakers discuss logistics of extending benefits to same-sex couples

    SALT LAKE CITY — It may have been the most sedate same-sex marriage discussion in the history of the Utah State Capitol building. The House and Senate Interim Committee on Retirement and Independent Entities learned how the Utah Retirement System (URS) and the Public Employees’ Health Plan (PEHP) are implementing benefits for same-sex spouses of current and former state employees. “There are 51 active employees who have covered a same-sex dependent spouse and one retiree couple,” said Dee Larsen, counsel […]

  • Democrats have a stronghold in Utah’s biggest county

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — Utah Democrats were nursing some wounds on the day following the 2014 midterm elections. They lost the Attorney General race and all four congressional races, but they still have a stronghold in Utah’s largest county. Chris Karpowitz, the co-director of BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, noticed the phenomenon in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District. “Mia Love ran up a big majority in the three smaller counties in the district, but […]

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    Election results in Utah delayed due to computer glitch

    SALT LAKE CITY — An awkward combination of a close congressional race and a glitch in vote total reporting made for an unusual election night in Utah. Most races followed expected patterns: strong Republican showings for Utah’s three Congressional incumbents and for the sitting Republican Attorney General and strong Democratic showings in Salt Lake County races for District Attorney and Salt Lake County Sheriff. Notably, Constitutional Amendment A was trending toward defeat maintaining a system that demands party diversity on […]


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