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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 — Utah is growing fast by any standard except Utah’s. Averaging out the last 5 years, Utah has grown faster than all but four states and the District of Columbia, according to U.S. Census figures from 2010 through 2014. The top 5 in order for the last 5 years: 1. North Dakota 2. District of Columbia 3. Texas 4. Colorado 5. Utah Just looking at 2013 and 2014, Utah had the eighth fastest growth. 1. North Dakota […]

  • Sen. Mike Lee picks up unexpected friends in fight against NSA surveillance

    WASHINGTON — Once again, Utah’s junior senator is confounding the Washington establishment with an unusual assortment of allies and foes. Senator Mike Lee is supporting a filibuster on the Senate floor, and he’s working with the most senior Democrat in the Senate to drastically change the bill that allows the National Security Agency to gather phone records of all Americans. Oh, and he’s picking a fight with the most notorious brawler in his own party. Lee has been working with […]

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    OREM, Utah — Orem police are looking for a man who installed a scanning machine on an ATM machine in order to steal customers’ money. It’s the latest installment in the department’s so-called “Tattle Tale Tuesday.” The thief also put a camera near the ATM to watch as customers entered their PINs. Bank customers reported fraudulent activities on the card and reported it to the bank, who called the police. Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department said he […]

  • 80-year-old Utah man meets son for the first time; heartwarming moment caught on camera

    SALT LAKE CITY — An 80-year-old man was a new father Friday, and a 60-year-old “only child” met his seven brothers and two sisters for the first time in one moment at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Dennis Fay lives in Murray and is 80 years old, and his son Michael Reed is 60 and lives in Chicago. “I’m sweating like a pig,” Fay said as he awaited the big meeting Friday. Fay fought as a Marine in the […]

  • Gov. Herbert opposes Republican Party ‘purity panel’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert is with Republican Party leaders when it comes to the state’s caucus convention system. He said he feels like it helps the little guy fight for office against someone with a lot of money or a lot of rich friends, but the governor made clear in his monthly news conference at the University of Utah that he does not support proposals that centralize power with party leaders. One proposal would demand candidates get […]

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  • Fox 13 investigates SLC’s top water users, finds dramatic reductions

    SALT LAKE CITY — The three biggest water users in Salt Lake City from 13 years ago are still the biggest water users today, though all three are much smaller water users. Confused? FOX 13 used government records requests in 2002 and this year to see who was using the most water in Utah’s capitol city. In 2002, the top users were city golf courses, the University of Utah and the Tesoro Refinery. In 2015 the top three were the […]

  • CDC data lists deadliest animals in United States; most lethal creature isn’t what you’d expect

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A black bear wandering Park City neighborhoods at night is enough to cause a ruckus, with police and wildlife officers scrambling to capture the animal–thus keeping it, and homeowners, safe. But it turns out bears don’t kill many Americans, and the animals that do kill more people are animals people are more used to seeing. Utah’s two biggest wild predators are mountain lions and black bears, but the Centers for Disease Control said those animals are […]

  • Job market strong for teens seeking summer employment

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a strong market when it comes to summer jobs for America’s teenagers, even while fewer of them are taking advantage of job opportunities. The job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas has produced a summer job outlook for decades, and the trends they’re seeing are strong. The number of teens who already have jobs in March are at a record high, and 80 percent of employers said they will hire as many or more people […]

  • Rate increases anticipated for insurance companies on the ACA exchange

    SALT LAKE CITY — At least 140,000 Utahns will not like this story very much. That’s a rough estimate of the number of Utahns getting insurance on the Affordable Care Act federal insurance exchange. The insurance companies offering plans on the exchange are required to tell the state Insurance Department about their rate changes in late spring. As the rates came in, it became obvious that rates are going up across the board. The biggest insurer, SelectHealth reported an average […]

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    Planned military training “Jade Helm 15″ ignites firestorm in Utah

    Is Utah hostile territory? A military exercise that’s breeding wild conspiracy theories is coming to our state. Fox 13 spoke to the Utah National Guard about the rumors some are calling unconstitutional. Two words, “Jade Helm,” are causing panic across seven states including Utah. Jade Helm 15 is a two-month special operations training exercise happening in a handful of southwest states from July 15 to Sept. 15. The military said it is a big training exercise it wants people to know about […]

  • Officials detail plans to renovate Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Since breaking ground on the Eccles Theater last June, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a redevelopment agency have been looking to create a new retail and art district running between first and second South. Plans have been discussed, and construction is about to begin to redevelop a once notorious city block. Stan Penfold, chair of the redevelopment agency board of directors, spoke about Regent Street’s history. “Everything from an old Chinese laundry to a […]


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