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DENVER (AP) ” Hunter S. Thompson’s family canceled plans for a public gathering this weekend to commemorate the life of the writer who committed suicide on Feb. 20, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Douglas Brinkley said Thompson’s family will have a private gathering of about 100 friends and relatives at an undisclosed location. A larger public event will be held later, probably in the summer, he said.

“The family decided they were just getting too many requests from all over,” Brinkley said. The private event will be “hugs and talks and commemoration,” he said.

The family has been discussing ways to honor Thompson’s wish that his ashes be blasted from a cannon, but that will not happen this weekend, Brinkley said.

Thompson, 67, shot himself in the head at his Aspen-area home. His wife, Anita, and son, Juan, have said he was not despondent and probably wanted to control the time and circumstances of his death and to die at what he felt was a high point in his life.

Aspen will put $100,000 toward the purchase of Cozy Point South as open space, the council agreed Tuesday after meeting behind closed doors.

Pitkin County has the 129 acres at the entrance to the Brush Creek Valley under contract for $2.75 million. In addition to the city’s contribution from its open space funds, Snowmass Village has committed $10,000 and may pad that sum, said Dale Will, county director of Open Space and Trails.

“This will be the first time there has been an open space acquisition that is a three-way partnership ” both municipalities and the county,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, the city and county jointly submitted a request to Great Outdoors Colorado for $750,000 toward the purchase of the parcel. GOCO, funded by state lottery proceeds, puts money into various open space and recreational amenities around Colorado.

Special flags designating the arrival of the Mountain Travel Symposium in Aspen next month will fly on Main Street light poles.

The Aspen City Council voted unanimously Monday to make an exception to its rule of allowing banners and flags on Main Street only for significant anniversaries of local nonprofits. The rule has been broken before though ” for World Cup races and the Winter X Games, for example.

With some 900 tour operators descending upon the resort for the 30th anniversary of the symposium, the council was asked to make an exception for that event, as well.

“We want to showcase Aspen in the best possible light, welcoming our guests in a way that we hope encourages them to continue sending their guests and contacts to Aspen,” said Nancy Lesley, director of special events and marketing for the city, in a letter to the city’s zoning officer.

The Aspen Police Department is presenting an hour-long discussion on crime prevention, reporting and investigations in the marketplace on Friday.

All business owners, managers and employees are invited to the Aspen City Council chambers in City Hall at 130 S. Galena St. on March 4 at 4 p.m. The topics to be discussed include business security, denial of service, reporting and detaining suspicious persons, crime reporting, Aspen police investigation policies and identify theft.

For any questions, contact officer Eric Ross at 429-1823 or e-mail

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