|Name change would make
entire canton Quepos
By the A.M. Costa Rica
Lawmakers acted Thursday to rename the canton of Aguirre and to
have it called the canton of Quepos, the name of the major community
The stated reason for the change is to honor the native inhabitants who
were called Quepos. A
second practical reason is that the word Quepos is a tourism draw because,
as lawmakers pointed out, no one ever says they went visiting the
canton of Aguirre.
The canton includes such tourism destinations as Parque Nacional Manuel
Antonio. The bill, No. 19.236, needs one more vote in the legislature
before it is passed on to the president for a possible signature. But
that seems to be likely because the measure got 43 votes Thursday.
The canton is the sixth in the province of Puntarenas, which runs long
the central and south Pacific coast.
The current name is that of a
soldier, Rolando Aguirre Lobo, a casualty of the
Legión Caribe in the 1948 civil war. The Heredia native
lived in Quepos since 1938 and died at the battle of Limón.
A.M. Costa Ricas graphic
The current canton
of Aguirre is highlighted in red within the lighter province of
Lawmakers said that his memory would continue to
be respected even if it were not associated with a canton.
Lawmakers learned that not much is known
about the former native
inhabitants except that they vanished. They may have been called quepoi or quepoa, a summary of legislative
In addition to the city, the canton contains the districts of Savegre
and Naranjito. There are about 27,000 residents.
wind expected to continue through Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The wind has been gusting so strong in Tilarán de Guanacaste
that the power company's wind generators shut down.
At the generating
facility in Tejona, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said
wind speeds of 140 to 150 kph have been detected. That's about 87 to 93
The utility company said that the wind generators, which are big
propellors, automatically shut down when wind speeds reach 90 kph,
about 56 mph.
Despite the wind and the damage it has caused in some areas, the
company known as ICE said that electrical service and telephone
operations have been near normal throughout the country. Many crews
have been battling a number of temporary outages, ICE said.
One exception is at Sepeque de Talamanca where crews were trying
to restore service to 20 or 30 customers Thursday afternoon.
was a problem at Tejona Tuesday when the wind knocked down a cell tower.
That cut voice and data service although simple cell calls were picked
up by adjacent towers automatically, the state firm said.
Most of the problems are from falling branches and trees that damage
lines and utility poles.
The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that a reduction in
expected this afternoon on the Caribbean coast.
But strong winds are
expected to continue at least through Saturday in the north Pacific,
the gulf of Nicoya and the Central Valley, said the agency.
There has been rain in the northern zone, the Talamanca mountains and
on the Caribbean coast, the institute said. The amount has been as high
as 154 millimeters or about six inches during the 24 hours ending at 7
p.m. Thursday, the institute said.