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Cindy Cole

Cindy Cole is a freelancer for the Independent. She is a writer, editor, photographer and artist. Reach her at

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Mark Tufte was originally enrolled in school to become a career counselor to help others find direction in their lives

By For the Independent June 7, 2023
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Mark Tufte was originally enrolled in school to become a career counselor to help others find direction in their lives. But once he accepted a job as a bank teller while he was still attending school, his own life path changed in ways he never expected.

By Cindy Cole May 28, 2023
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Tricia Lewis became the City of Cottonwood’s first director of Tourism and Economic Development just as the world was being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of nearly everything coming to a stand-still, Lewis started a new job in a newly created position finding growth and success in the midst of the virus crisis.

By Cindy Cole May 14, 2023
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Paula Woolsey was raised in a family whose members appreciated fine culinary and wine experiences and shared a spirit of entrepreneurship. Is it any wonder she has become an important contributor to the growth of the Verde Valley’s wine industry?

By Cindy Cole April 30, 2023
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Singer-songwriter Damiyr Shuford began his music career by busking in the subways of New York City. After moving to Sedona three years ago, Shuford has established a monthly, donation-based community event, Heart & Soul, at The Hub in Sedona’s Posse Ground Park complex. The next session takes place on Feb. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

By Cindy Cole February 22, 2023
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in Cottonwood will host its annual Arts & Crafts American Style fair on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

By Cindy Cole February 8, 2023
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For many, the holiday season marks a time of joy that includes celebrations with friends and family, spreading Christmas cheer and the giving and receiving of gifts.

By Cindy Cole December 11, 2022
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The Camp Verde Christmas Bazaar and Parade of Lights will take place on Dec. 10 at the city’s Community Center and along Main Street.

By Cindy Cole December 6, 2022
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“We really felt the community needed to have a discussion about healthcare in the Verde Valley, especially for seniors.”

By Cindy Cole December 4, 2022
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The Oak Creek Brewery, located on Yavapai Drive in Sedona, hosted its first Local Artisan Craft Fair on November 12 and 13. Additional fairs are planned on weekends in November, weather permitting.

By Cindy Cole November 20, 2022

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