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The Pitkin County commissioners delayed their vote Wednesday on an ordinance authorizing the purchase of nearly 200 acres of private property on the face of Smuggler Mountain overlooking Aspen.Commissioners delayed the measure because proper public notice of the vote had not been given. The vote was rescheduled for Dec. 7.The ordinance authorizes the county Open Space and Trails program to purchase the property, owned by George “Wilk” Wilkinson, for $15 million. The deal will not go through, however, unless the Aspen City Council agrees to cover half the cost. Negotiations between the city and the county are under way.

Aspen Valley Hospital has been awarded a $111,800 grant from the Governor’s Rural Healthcare Initiative to help purchase a new emergency generator.The funds will help the hospital secure a new generator to replace its 30-year-old model, said John Schied, AVH director of operations.The Governor’s Rural Healthcare Initiative is supported by $8 million reserved from the state’s regular allocation of state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds.The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers the initiative’s funds in partnership with the Colorado Rural Health Center, the state’s office of rural health.

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