Security Will Be Tight At Thompson Memorial This Weekend

Aspen (AP) Authorities in Aspen are working to make sure fans and curiosity seekers don't crash an elaborate memorial planned for late writer Hunter S. Thompson this weekend. The gonzo journalist's ashes will be blasted out of a 150–foot–tall monument this Saturday at an invitation–only event drawing celebrities like Lyle Lovett and Johnny Depp.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis says a security firm will be working to secure Thompson's property in Woody Creek and sheriff's deputies will be patrolling the surrounding roads.

Brian Harvey of Boise, Idaho won a chance to attend the memorial after finding the sole "golden ticket" inside one of 1,500 bottles of commemorative beers made in Thompson's honor by Denver's Flying Dog Brewery.

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