Max Baker keeps rolling with the punches

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By Katy Korkos

When Max Baker, Los Alamos county chief administrative officer, agreed to speak to the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) at the group’s November meeting, little did he know that just one day previous to Tuesday’s meeting, hundreds of layoffs at LANL would be announced, setting the tone for a very worried audience.“When you work for local government, you’ve got to be able to roll with the punches,” Baker said. “Things change every day.”The commander of the MOWW chapter, Lt. Col. Norm Wilson, introduced Baker to the group, whose meetings fall on Tuesdays, when Baker is usually unavailable because he attends county council meetings.Baker described his upbringing in southeastern Idaho, where his parents had a farm.“My father’s a potato farmer, and his major labor force was his four boys,” Baker said. “I learned a lot about putting in a hard day’s work.” He talked about his love of the mountains, and looking outside his mom’s kitchen window at the view of the Grand Tetons.What drew Baker and his wife Kathryn to Los Alamos in 1991 were the mountain environment and the good school system. All three of Baker’s children graduated from high school in Los Alamos.

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