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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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  • UPD loses use of Bearcat, sheriff candidates blame politics

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Unified Police Department has lost the use of an armored truck known as a Bearcat, and both candidates for Sheriff acknowledge politics are to blame. They just disagree about whose politics are to blame. “My perception is that my opponent chose to use that piece of equipment as a political football,” Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said. “Because of that, it created some embarrassment for the owner, some frustration for the […]

  • Vail buys Park City Mountain Resort, plans to combine with Canyons

    PARK CITY, Utah – Vail has just purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million. Officials announced Thursday Powdr, one of the largest privately owned mountain sports companies in North America, sold PCMR to Vail. “Selling was the last thing we wanted to do, and while we believe the law around this issue should be changed, a protracted legal battle is not in line with our core value to be good stewards of the resort communities in which we operate,” […]

  • Health officials: Enterovirus D68 has likely spread into Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – A viral outbreak that has made its way across many states appears to have arrived in Utah. We are talking about Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68. Health officials at Primary Children’s Medical Center said they have seen an obvious increase in young patients coming in with respiratory issues. Some have been hospitalized and even put in intensive care. The good news is, all of the children are responding well to treatment and no one has died from […]

  • Utah Supreme Court considers vote count in contested race

    SALT LAKE CITY — The secret ballot is a hallmark of democracy, protecting the rights of people to choose their leaders without coercion. It also gets in the way of figuring out what happened when an election seems to go bad. That’s at the center of the dispute heard in Utah’s Supreme Court. They are considering the primary election in the race for Millard County Commissioner between incumbent James Withers and challenger Jim Dyer. One thousand and fourteen voters cast […]

  • Sheriff’s race ignites with accusations of misused county resources

    SALT LAKE CITY — A peaceful election season in Salt Lake County just got a lot tougher, as the Republican candidate for Sheriff, Jake Petersen, accuses Sheriff Jim Winder of using an armored truck and an emergency communication system for campaign purposes. The truck is called a Bearcat, and it’s actually owned by a private citizen named Mike Drury, who lends its use to the county through a signed lease agreement. In question: a Winder fundraiser hosted by Drury at […]

  • Jon Huntsman Jr. delivers school supplies on behalf of Chevron at a Salt Lake City area school September 3.

    Huntsman on presidential run: ‘A strong no’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Yes to microscopes. No to the experience under the political microscope. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. was at Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City talking about the importance of science education, and he sounded certain when asked whether he will announce a run for President of the United States in the coming year. After some explanation of the nature of campaigns: the need to hire a staff, raise money with a super PAC […]

  • Utah gets attention for diverse, durable economy

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of statistics have combined to spotlight Utah as a durable economy: second fastest job growth and fourth most diverse. Gov. Gary Herbert made a point of it at the beginning of his monthly press conference. “We don’t have all of our economic eggs in one basket,” the governor said. He has the evidence to back it up. In August alone, three major corporations in three separate industries announced they would bring new jobs to […]

  • State Representative to Legislature: hospitals can be dangerous

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s health care debate took an unexpected turn at the State Capitol, where a lawmaker who is also a doctor argued that access to health care can be a bad thing. Representative Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine, made the comments in a Health Reform Task Force meeting, in reaction to a story from another doctor. Doctor Kyle Jones told the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force about a neighbor who was in a car crash. That […]

  • Stewardship Commission meets for first time, discusses taking federal lands

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s almost like they knew what was about to happen: When Representative Keven Stratton and Senator David Hinkins sponsored HB 151 creating Utah’s Commission on the Stewardship of Public Lands, they didn’t know a rancher in Nevada would force a standoff with federal agents in April. But that’s what Cliven Bundy did in April. They didn’t know an elected Commissioner in San Juan County would organize an ATV ride in lands the BLM had made off-limits […]

  • Man charged with witness intimidation has connections to Shurtleff, Swallow

    SALT LAKE CITY — Robert Montgomery was already a felon twice over when he hosted two fundraisers for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. Now he’s accused in federal court of trying to intimidate a witness in an official proceeding. Montgomery was convicted on a weapons charge in 2003, and on a charge called “Illegal Manufacture of a Telecommunications Device,” in 2000. He and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff hosted a group of businessmen at Mimi’s Cafe in Murray in […]

  • A file photo of a handgun.

    Organization targets Utah cities with gun ordinances that conflict with state law

    SALT LAKE CITY — From North Logan to Kanab, cities around the state have gotten letters from the 2nd Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington, and the group is hoping their efforts will lead to changes in laws regarding guns in those cities. Forty nine cities got letters, each saying the city had ordinances on the books that went against state laws. “We’ve been very successful. We have now gotten a hundred laws removed around the United States and in […]

  • Community breaks ground on accessible playground in Syracuse

    SYRACUSE, Utah – Residents of Syracuse have seen more than their share of tragedy lately, but the community celebrated this week as they broke ground on a new playground dedicated to a special young girl. Residents broke ground on Chloe’s Sunshine Playground, which will feature adapted swings, slides and other attractions that are accessible to children who are dealing with disabilities. Seven-year-old Chloe Bennett was all smiles as the groundbreaking began Tuesday. Chloe’s family helped raise about $400,000 to build […]


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