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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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  • Local company, BYU team up to improve treatment for those with Alzheimer’s disease

    PROVO, Utah – More than 5 million people in the United States are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, and a local company is teaming up with researchers at Brigham Young University to improve early diagnosis and treatment for the disease. Reid Robison is the CEO of Tute Genomics, and he and his company have developed a computer application designed to help doctors and other researchers understand their patients on a more basic, genetic level. The company is working with researchers at […]

  • Pioneer Day gathering in SLC encouraged LDS Church members to resign

    SALT LAKE CITY — The expectations didn’t quite match the actuality as a crowd of about 100 people gathered in City Creek Park, some to sign letters of resignation from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and most to show support for those resigning. The event organizers expected between 400 and 600 to attend but said they are pleased with how it went anyway. “The purpose of this sort of event, demonstration, protest, is to give voice to the people […]

  • Utah insurance subsidies secure, at least in short term

    SALT LAKE CITY — First things first: If you have insurance through the Federal Marketplace, there is not an immediate threat. On a 2-1 vote, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. said the Affordable Care Act bars enrollees in federally run marketplaces, like the Utah Exchange, from getting subsidies to help pay Health insurance premiums. The ACA says subsidies are available to those who enroll in “an exchange established by the state.” Hours after the D.C. court […]

  • Shurtleff, Swallow face charges of putting self-interest above Utah homeowners

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s former Attorneys General are facing prosecution for shared roles in an alleged crime that may have impacted the foreclosure proceedings for thousands of Utahns. On December 27, 2012, with less than a week left in office, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff crossed out the name of the assistant attorneys general (AAGs) who were suing Bank of America over its method of foreclosing on Utah homes. He wrote his name instead, and dropped the case. The AAGs […]

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    Former Utah AGs Swallow, Shurtleff out of jail and facing corruption charges

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been arrested on corruption charges, the result of a two-year investigation. Both Swallow and Shurtleff were arrested at their homes, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said at a news conference Tuesday morning. They were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. “We have filed what we think are appropriate and minimal charges,” Gill said. “Certainly, I’m not going to go into details, we could have […]

  • Public weighs in on proposal to do away with daylight saving time

    SALT LAKE CITY — It turns out one hour on the clock can spark hours, days and years of debate. Utah could become the third state in the country to abandon the practice of springing forward and falling back each year in order to have more daylight in the warm months. Right now, Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t change the clock twice a year. The legislature mandated a public discussion of the idea of abandoning daylight […]

  • Study outlines options for Utah State Fair Park’s future

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Fair drew 250,000 visitors in what was considered a slow, rainy year in 2013. But the State Fair Park on North Temple between downtown and the airport hemorrhages millions of tax dollars. “This has been the home for the Utah State Fair since the early 1900s, we have buildings over a hundred years old,” said Mike Steele, director of the Utah State Fair Corporation. A study just released to the State Building Board […]

  • June deadliest month on Utah roads, patrolmen working to ensure trend doesn’t continue

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a trend Utah law enforcement members say they hope doesn’t continue into the holiday weekend. June was the deadliest month for fatal car crashes in about nine years, with a total of 36 deaths on Utah roads. “June is a really tough month. We’ve probably seen the most fatalities in my career,” said Major Michael Rapich of the Utah Highway Patrol. Rapich said the trend extends beyond just June. A total of 109 people died […]

  • Provo Mayor seeks feedback on city’s flag

    PROVO, Utah — Mayor John Curtis of Provo wants his city to have a new flag, so he’s willing to go through some tough criticism. Last month, he showed residents two designs he thought would work, and they were largely rejected. Rather than taking his flags and going home, he’s opened up consideration to all residents by making all of the choices available online. The options are presented in the photo gallery below. The mayor is asking those who wish […]

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    Report: Utahns pay more for transportation, less for rough road-related repairs

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has a lot of bad roads that cost residents a lot of money. The bill for the average Utah family: $197 in repairs due to poor road conditions.  A lot of money? Yes. But the national average is over $300. The data was put together in a report called “Roadmap to 2050,” published by the Utah Foundation. Research analyst Mallory Bateman wrote it. “About 25 percent of our roads are of poor or mediocre quality, […]

  • Buyer of Senator Mike Lee’s home says complaints are unfounded

    SALT LAKE CITY — A complaint filed with the FEC suggests that Senator Mike Lee may have inappropriately benefited when he sold his home in a short sale to a friend, but that friend tells FOX 13 News the information in that complaint is incorrect. In an interview with FOX 13 News, the man who purchased Lee’s home said the FBI investigated the deal shortly after it was made and filed no charges. The complaint, filed by the left leaning […]

  • Shurtleff attends hearing, says state is blaming feds for bad search

    SALT LAKE CITY — Attorney General Mark Shurtleff attended a legislative committee without the usual entourage that used to accompany him when he served as the state’s attorney general for 12 years. Instead, he sat quietly with his 17-year-old daughter, Annie. The two of them were attending as interested citizens, with no official status. In front of the meeting, the Colonel in charge of the Utah Highway Patrol and the Major who directs the state Bureau of Investigation testified about […]