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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  • Simple message from one woman to Supreme Court: ‘Utah is my home’

    SALT LAKE CITY — By almost any measure, Ciriac Alvarez is a model citizen. The former Highland High School senior class president is a University of Utah graduate working as a child advocate in a respected nonprofit organization and dreaming of a career as a lawyer someday. The only thing missing for her to be a model citizen is that she’s not a citizen. She moved to Salt Lake City from Mexico when she was five and has known it […]

  • Reps. Stewart and Curtis absent from many impeachment hearings

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah had more than its share of access to depositions in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. 2nd District Rep. Chris Stewart and 3rd District Rep. John Curtis sit on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees, respectively. That said, out of a potential eight witnesses to testify, it appears Curtis and Stewart saw and heard from four, according to the transcripts released by the Intelligence Committee which include the names of Members of Congress […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY — In a downtown Salt Lake City news conference, a psychiatrist, a congressman and a state legislator announced a new effort to fund suicide prevention research. Rep. Ben McAdams is sponsoring the Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act. The idea is to get money to researchers who are trying to understand an alarming increase in suicide rates, nationally and in Utah. One of the most experienced researchers on the issue is psychiatrist Doug Gray, a professor at […]

  • New online tool shows how Utah student performance relates to spending

    SALT LAKE CITY—A new tool from the Utah State Auditor allows parents to see how students in their child’s district or charter school perform compared in relation to other districts, and how much each district spends. Auditor John Dougall says it doesn’t look like money buys better test scores. “Right now we’re just reporting district-level spending, and unfortunately there is no correlation between spending and student outcomes,” Dougall said. The downside of the site is that it doesn’t zero in […]

  • Utahns established so-called ‘Mormon Colonies’ in Mexico more than a century ago

    SALT LAKE CITY — Brigham Young first thought of sending pioneers to settle in Mexico when Utah had barely been established as part of the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. But it wasn’t until the 1890s that Young’s idea became reality. Among the big names in Utah history that made the trek: the Romneys. Future Michigan Governor George Romney, father of Senator Mitt Romney, was born in Mexico and moved to Salt Lake City during […]

  • Tribune steps into a new world to save Utah’s oldest independent newspaper

    SALT LAKE CITY — A newspaper becoming a nonprofit organization is what someone with a dark sense of humor might call redundant. Newspapers around the U.S. struggle to make money in the digital age as advertising revenue has bled away to Google, Facebook, and even CraigsList. But The Salt Lake Tribune is embracing the idea with optimism. They asked the IRS to give them nonprofit status, transforming their organization to one whose official mission matches what they think they’ve been all […]

  • Sculptor works to include forgotten K9 heroes in Laytons’ Vietnam Memorial Wall

    LAYTON, Utah — Lena Toritch has sculpted more than 20 breeds of dogs. It’s an unexpected specialty that’s developed mid-career for the accomplished sculptor – a specialty developed because of a moment of inspiration. When Toritch submitted drawings in a national search for someone to sculpt Utah’s Law Enforcement Memorial, she decided to include a police dog. “I came to realize K9s are unsung heroes. And so many people don’t know about that. Officers know that,” Toritch said. That was […]

  • Two reasons why fires hit California so much harder than Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Why are wildfires destroying so many homes and taking lives in California compared with other western states like Utah? Two answers: population and climate. The fact is, U.S. government data shows a larger percentage of Utah homes are built in Wildland-Urban Interface areas compared to California homes: 48 to 33 percent respectively. But 33 percent of homes in California adds up to 4.4 million structures, while 48% of Utah homes equals 467,000. California’s total landmass is […]

  • Romney says he’s behind secret ‘Pierre Delecto’ Twitter account

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  • Utah’s first-ever ‘DeafTown’ shows you don’t have to hear to succeed

    SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time ever in Utah and just the second time nationwide, the Junior Achievement “Biz Town” program became “DeafTown” for two days in Salt Lake City. Students from Utah, Idaho and Colorado met during their Fall break to learn about managing finances and running a business on Thursday. On Friday, they put the learning into action. “I thought it would be difficult,” said Isabella Holladay as she took a break from managing a faux […]

  • “A bloodstain in the annals of American history.” Romney condemns President Trump’s Syria policy

    SALT LAKE CITY —Utah Senator Mitt Romney took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Northern Syria. “The administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly. Even as our allies have suffered death and casualty. Their homes have been burned and their families have been torn apart,” Romney said. The speech came minutes after Vice President Mike Pence announced a 120-hour ceasefire in the region so that Kurds could retreat from […]

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