Tamping a pumpkin down the chute Saturday at Estancia’s annual Punkin Chunkin. Hosted by the Estancia Rotary Club, the event is a fundraiser for its scholarship program. The largest devices launch pumpkins so fast that most people in the audience were unable to see them—some as far as half a mile. Photo by Leota Harriman.

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.