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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Lisa Mack, a former Valley View Hospital financial official accused of felony embezzlement, has until February to put her defense together.

In a court appearance Wednesday, Mack’s attorney, Bill Schubert of Glenwood Springs, said he would need plenty of time to wade through police documents and an audit conducted by the hospital that allegedly turned up financial irregularities tied to Mack.

Mack, 42, was arrested on Nov. 28 and charged with stealing at least a quarter of a million dollars from the hospital and from former hospital employee Donna Michelle Sandel, who is Mack’s daughter-in-law.

Schubert told the Post Independent that Mack “denies all the charges.”

In the Wednesday hearing, Ninth District Magistrate Holly Strablizky set Mack’s next court appearance for Feb. 14, 2012, before District Judge James Boyd, and permitted Mack to return to Texas where she currently is living and working.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The board of trustees could not decide on Tuesday about how to parcel out $55,000 in town funds for grant requests totaling $127,000.

So the trustees will each submit their list of preferred recipients, said Town Manager Jay Harrington.

The town staff will tally up the wish-lists to come up with a proposed list of finalists, Harrington said.

The board may discuss the matter again at the regular meeting on Dec. 13, Harrington added. That is the day the trustees are scheduled to give final approval to the town’s proposed 2012 budget.

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