July 18, 2006 Business Digest

Posinski named Trigg administrator
Matt Posinski has been named the new administrator for Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital (DCT) in Tucumcari, according to a hospital news release.

He had been the hospital’s director of rehabilitation services.

“As administrator, I will be focused on retaining our excellent staff and maintaining our high level of community involvement. I would also like to look at expanding our specialty clinics to continue the improvement of our quality outcomes,” Posinski was quoted as saying in the release.

A Tucumcari resident, Posinski holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and received his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in physical therapy from Saint Louis University.

Posinski was a supervisor at TriHealth Physical Therapy in Cincinnati from 1998 to 2003. He began his career in health care as a physical therapy consultant at Xavier University in 1999.

The Tucumcari hospital is part of Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Leadership N.M.
names board members
Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis, and Dick Smith, Curry County manager, have been named to the board of Leadership New Mexico, according to a news release from the group.

Curtis was a member of Leadership New Mexico’s class of 2005. Smith was a member of the class of 2001.

Established in 1995, Leadership New Mexico provides a forum for participants to strengthen their knowledge of challenges and opportunities facing the state, the news release said. Nearly 450 participants from 51 communities have graduated from the program.

NMSU science center
field day scheduled
Crops, climate, turfgrass and dairy will be the themes of a field day Aug. 1 at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Center at Tucumcari, according to an NMSU news release.

The free program begins with registration at 5 p.m. at NMSU’s 464-acre Tucumcari science center, located three miles northeast of Tucumcari on U.S. 54. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m., followed by a program starting at 5:45 p.m.

The program will open with remarks by Steve Loring, assistant director of NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Victor Cabrera, a Clovis-based dairy specialist for NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, will give an update on New Mexico’s dairy industry, and Robert Hagevoort, also a Clovis-based Extension dairy specialist, will outline collaborative opportunities for dairy and beef cattle producers.

Deborah Bathke, assistant state climatologist in Las Cruces for NMSU, will talk about the state’s climate outlook and rain gauge network. A hay wagon tour follows at 6:30 p.m. with an update on turfgrasses for low-water use situations by Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer. Sangu Angadi, a Clovis-based crop physiologist for NMSU, will outline ultra-short season annual crops. Jinfa Zhang, assistant professor in NMSU’s plant and environmental sciences department, will give an update on cotton varieties, and Leonard Lauriault, a Tucumcari-based NMSU associate professor and forage agronomist, will talk about Roundup-ready alfalfa.

For information, call Rex Kirksey at 461-1620 or e-mail

Attendants union, Northwest agree
MINNEAPOLIS — The union that represents Northwest Airlines Corp. flight attendants said it tentatively agreed to deep wage cuts and work rule changes on Monday, the same day the airline had bankruptcy court clearance to impose a new contract that had drawn strike threats.

The union didn’t release details of the agreement, which is subject to a vote by union members.

“We are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement that achieves the required $195 million in annual cost savings from our flight attendants,” said Northwest President and CEO Doug Steenland.

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