Alejandro G. Encinias, 81, passed away Feb. 16 in his home in Stanley, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Feb. 3, 1935, in Aurora, to the late Benjamin and Adelida Encinias. Alejandro was a rancher and devout Catholic, belonging to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Villanueva. His smile and generous soul will be missed by all of his family and friends. Alejandro is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Martin and Joycelyn Encinias, Horacio Encinias, Ralph Encinias (girlfriend Corine) and Hermando Encinias (girlfriend Betty); brothers, Anivar Encinias and Cosme Encinias; sisters, Marcella Encinias and Bennie Lucero. Alejandro was blessed with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Rosary was recited Feb. 21 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with a celebration of Mass Feb. 22, with Father George Salazar officiating. Pallbearers were Orlando Encinias, Margarito Encinias, Peter Lucero, Daniel Madrid, Marvin Encinias, Casey Encinias, Julian Encinias and Joel Shipman. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.