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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 — They both vow to return trust back to an office marred by scandal, but Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont have very different views on what it will take to reform the office of Utah Attorney General. The Republican, Reyes, and Democrat, Stormont faced off in a debate held at BYU and broadcast on Fox 13 and several other television and radio stations. The election would not normally occur this November, because John Swallow won a four-year […]

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    No criminal charges in Dickey’s BBQ toxic tea incident, but mediation scheduled

    SALT LAKE CITY –  Employees and owners of a Dickey’s BBQ Pit restaurant in South Jordan escaped criminal charges after a woman was seriously injured after drinking tea contaminated with cleaning chemicals. The Salt Lake County District Attorney said he will not file charges because there was no evidence of intent to harm or criminal recklessness. The case in questions involves Jan Harding, a 67-year-old woman who went to the restaurant with her husband on Sunday, August 10. After drinking the tea, […]

  • Judge orders alleged BYU groper to stand trial

    PROVO, Utah — A man accused of groping women on Brigham Young University’s campus has been bound over for trial Thursday. At a preliminary hearing Judge Roger Griffin decided prosecutors provided sufficient evidence to bring 23-year-old Nathan Fletcher to trial; Fletcher faces two misdemeanor charges of sexucal battery in connection with the incidents but maintains he is innocent. Each charge carries a possible one year jail sentence and a $2,500 fine. Fletcher became a suspect after members of BYU’s track […]

  • Conservative PAC director says Utah corporations support child abuse

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s most outspoken conservative activists, who directs a growing political action committee, is going into living rooms to deliver a warning: same-sex marriage leads to child exploitation and abuse. That’s the message from Cherilyn Eagar, former Republican Convention candidate for the U.S. House and Senate and director of the American Leadership Fund. “Would we expose a child to a pornography situation where they’re seeing bondage, S and M, and all these things that are […]

  • Greenway gives safe, scenic option to walkers, cyclists

    SALT LAKE CITY — What could have been a neglected corridor people only viewed through the windows of streetcars is now a well-lit parkway that bicyclists, runners and walkers are already using to get from their homes to the commercial hubs in Sugar House and along State Street. The S-Line Greenway is a park-like expanse of gravel paths and bike paths on either side of the streetcar line that travels along what might otherwise be 2200 South in Salt Lake […]

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    President promises, no surprise on Greater Canyonlands

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert came back from a trip to Washington D.C. with more than a t-shirt… he came home with a promise. According to the Governor, President Barack Obama will not spring a surprise on the state of Utah, setting aside 1.8 million acres of BLM and Forest Service land as a national monument. “They’ve promised me that that’s not going to happen,” said Herbert, later clarifying the promise came from Secretary of the Interior Sally […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]


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