sunflower 20150829_124835Kids and adults lined up with their sunflower hats on display, just one part of a two-day event in Mountainair that included concerts, food and art vendors, a juried art show, the public invited to work on the town’s latest mural and more. The annual Sunflower Festival was organized by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, celebrating 20 years this year. 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.