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.

Recent Articles
  • St. George growth running into the desert tortoise reserve

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The desert tortoise doesn’t make a lot of noise, but it has a pretty big footprint in Southwest Utah. “This is still the best place in the world really to find desert tortoises in the wild,” said biologist Mike Shijf in a promotional video for the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. But nature’s quintessential slow-poke is now running into the never-ending frenzy of development in the St George Metro area. Congressman Chris Stewart has presented a bill […]

  • Utah still last in per-pupil funding, with efforts to improve falling short

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is still last in the nation in public education per-pupil funding according to numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau. “We’re dead last, and we’ve been dead last for a long time,” said Shawn Teigen with the Utah Foundation. In 2016, Utah spent $6,953.00 per student compared with the national average of $11,762.00 per student. Looking through past census reports, Utah has been last in per-pupil spending through all of the 21st Century so far, […]

  • Utah high school students test roller coaster G-forces with tech they designed

    DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Syracuse High School students took their physics class to Lagoon, and, instead of taking an exam, they put the amusement park itself to the test. Physics teacher Doug Ball has taught his students about acceleration, gravity, G-forces and coding by having them design wearable G-force meters. “My physics classroom looks like a JoAnn fabric store, so to speak,” Ball said. In the video above, watch how two of Lagoons’ rides fared when the students used high-tech […]

  • Fox 13 compiles numbers on underage marriage in Utah after rep. proposes ban

    SALT LAKE CITY — State Representative Angela Romero, a Democrat from Salt Lake City, announced her intention to introduce legislation outlawing marriage before the age of 18. Current state law allows 15 year olds to marry with a juvenile court judge’s consent and parental permission, while 16 and 17 year olds can marry with their parents’ permission. Fox 13 looked into vital statistics available from Utah state government to see how many minors in Utah marry each year. We found […]

  • Unique exchange program brings together students from the city and the reservation

    SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A few dozens students from schools in the Roosevelt area took a two-hour bus ride to South Salt Lake for a cultural exchange. The students, mostly members of the Northern Ute Indian Tribe, brought traditional clothing and drums to show some of their culture to their counterparts at Granite Park Junior High School. It was a demonstration of diversity on both sides of the exchange. Granite Park has students from more than 40 countries. Emmarie […]

  • Governor reveals rural priorities at Energy Summit including coal and solar

    SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary Herbert wants some big energy projects done before his likely retirement in 2020, with a combination of coal and solar power at the top of the list. Herbert revealed his updated energy plan at his annual Energy Summit with an emphasis on creating jobs and expanding energy production in rural Utah. “We’ll produce 25 percent more energy. The question is what will be the fuel of choice,” Herbert said. The Governor’s answer to his own […]

  • Utah elementary students raise and release trout

    MURRAY, Utah – Science class met at the pond on Monday for 5th and 6th graders from Mill Creek Elementary School, and the students had another school with them. The second school was a school of fish. The elementary school students spent five months raising brook trout in classroom tanks. They started with 900 eggs and ended up with about 450 fish to release into Willow Park Pond in Murray. Blaine Hall with Trout Unlimited said they defied expectations by […]

  • New creative lab in SLC gives public access to high tech recording, printing equipment

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a specialized lab in downtown Salt Lake City, a young musician spends hours translating Japanese music lyrics into English, recording in a modern studio and editing with the latest software. Experts stand by to provide technical support and training. The name of this high-tech location: The Salt Lake City Downtown Public Library. Thais Macias is a 19-year-old Utah native with roots in Equatorial Guinea, meaning she’s Utahn, African-American, Spanish and English speaking, and she works […]

  • LDS Church says legal analysis ‘raises grave concerns’ about medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commissioned a legal analysis of the medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah and says the results “raise grave concerns” about the initiative. “The proposed Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative is a matter of great controversy in this state,” the LDS Church stated. “The negative effects and consequences of marijuana use on individuals, families, and society at large are well-known. There are also those who claim that it has medicinal […]

  • Public works and utility workers train for disaster

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — In the event of a disaster, like an earthquake, police and firefighters will have to follow the lead of another group that will become first responders. Public works and utility workers will be responsible for clearing the roads of debris and insuring that power, gas and water lines are safe for emergency workers and civilians. Because of that, the Utah Department of Transportation and Salt Lake County organized a multi-agency disaster training exercise to introduce […]

  • Bomb sniffing dogs strut their sniffs in national test held in West Jordan

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assembled experts at a facility in West Jordan, bringing handlers from local, state and federal agencies to test their bomb sniffing dogs. Among them was ATF agent Rennie Mora and his black lab Randi. “It’s the best job in the world,” Mora said. “Every day Randi and I go to work together.” The ATF provides explosives—transported safely to the training ground from their national laboratory—allowing officers, agents, and […]

  • Pink and purple hair propels students to better test scores

    SALT LAKE CITY – Sharon Moore’s sixth-grade class made a goal and achieved it, and now everyone near her will notice the result. That’s because Ms. Moore told her students she would dye her hair pink and purple if they improved their test scores between the Fall and Spring. The students set their goal: to increase their scores by ten percent, and they beat the mark, bumping them up seventeen percent. Moore says making and achieving a goal like that helps […]