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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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    Study: Most Utah students not on track to be college ready

    Utah Schools are getting better, but there’s a lot of room for improvement, that’s the bottom line after the release of results for the School Assessment of Growth and Excellence, or SAGE test. “While we take time to celebrate some gains we are seeing, we’re nowhere near where we would like to be,” said Rich Nye, Associate Superintendent for Assessment at the State Office of Education. Test results for 2014-15 show 44% of Utah students are proficient in language arts, […]

  • Advanced simulation center at LDS Hospital will help local medical personnel gain experience

    SALT LAKE CITY – They say practice makes perfect, and a new simulation center at LDS Hospital serving IMC facilities will help those in the medical field hone their skills. At a ribbon cutting ceremony at LDS Hospital, scalpels were used instead of scissors. The new Intermountain Simulation Center ranks up there with similar facilities at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. Nancy Bardugon, Intermountain Simulation Director, said the center helps them keep up with emerging technology and treatments. “Medicine is […]

  • New walking-friendly apartment complex to be built beneath old monument

    MURRAY, Utah — The Murray Laundry Tower isn’t a household name, but watch the video and you may realize you’ve likely seen it at some point. It’s an old advertisement for a dry cleaning facility between State and Main streets at about 4200 South, and, pretty soon, it will be the calling card for a giant new apartment complex meant for Utahns who want to spend less time in their cars. “I think you’re finding among, particularly millennials, the interest […]

  • Incoming freshman at Westminster College help beautify South Salt Lake

    SALT LAKE CITY — School started early for some of the freshman at Westminster College, but they weren’t in classrooms or lecture halls. Staff, students and the city of South Salt Lake partnered up to start the fall semester by offering a helping hand. More than 100 students from the class of 2019, along with faculty and staff from Westminster College, went to school a day early this year. For their annual Helping Hands Day, the college partnered with South […]

  • Siblings reunited in Salt Lake City 75 years after family was separated

    SALT LAKE CITY — Patsy Maughan was old enough to feel the trauma of watching her family ripped in two 75 years ago. She was 7 years old on the day she walked to the end of her family’s dirt drive and watched a government car drive away with her baby brother and sister. “They didn’t have enough money to pay for them all. That’s what we understand,” said Patsy’s son, Mark. Patsy spent much of her life trying to […]

  • Interim Committee talks about legalizing medical marijuana in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — They didn’t take a vote, but if the amount of time and conversation devoted to the topic says anything–it says Utah lawmakers are seriously considering the possibility of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The Interim Committee on Health and Human services spent the length of an early morning meeting hearing from experts arguing the benefits and problems with legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. On one side was a police sergeant from Denver, Colorado named Jim Gerhardt, […]

  • Max Facts: Trump says Romney isn’t rich

    Donald Trump has pointed out on a regular basis that Mitt Romney doesn’t meet his definition of rich. Max Facts looks at Trump’s point and sees the logic there, and then takes it a step further, evaluating whether Trump’s wealth makes him the “most successful” person ever to run for President.

  • Utah firefighters help fight fires burning in neighboring states

    SALT LAKE CITY — The National Inter-Agency Fire Center in Boise says firefighting resources are stretched to the limit, first by an intense barrage of fire in Alaska and then by a rash of lightning-caused fires in the west and northwest. “Think of it as a flaming crescent across northern California, Oregon, Washington Idaho and Montana,” said NIFC spokesman Ken Frederick. About 29,000 personnel are fighting fires, and the need for more led to a rare military call out. Two […]

  • Elected Democrats protest prison in their area

    SALT LAKE CITY — The recommended location for a new state prison is in the state’s most diverse and Democratic areas, and elected leaders from that area say Republicans are making an embarrassing mistake. Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-District 1, said the prison site would take away potential development in the same area. Escamilla added it would be a scar near the Salt Lake City International Airport and the State Capitol. “To think that we have 3,000 acres of potential economic […]

  • Proposed prison site next door to delicate bird habitat, environmentalists say

    SALT LAKE CITY — Look up the Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary on Google Maps, and you’re out of luck–but it’s a 3,000-acre habitat protected by the world’s best known advocates for birds: the Audubon Society. “It’s like Europe in Columbus’s day; it’s like you drop off the edge of the Earth, it’s not there,” says Ella Sorensen, who’s devoted 25 years to managing, improving and expanding the sanctuary. It’s not on maps because it’s not a public place. It’s chained off […]

  • Toxic mine waste is in Utah, but state officials say water is OK for recreation

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Water Quality says the plume of mine waste from the Gold King Mine in Colorado reached Utah on Monday, but they also said it doesn’t seem to pose a serious health threat for the time being. The press release dated August 12 is attributed to Craig Dietrich, a toxicologist with the Environmental Epidemiology Program. It said in part: “Estimated recreational exposure dosages fall below health-based guidelines for these contaminants. Therefore, the EEP […]

  • Former SLC mayors give advice, predictions on current race

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker can come back from a 16-point primary election loss, but the odds are against him as former State Representative Jackie Biskupski takes on the mantle of front-runner. That’s the opinion of former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson. “She needs to now act like she’s the mayor,” Wilson said. “She needs to go positive. He almost needs to go negative.” Wilson said a combination of what he called missteps led […]


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