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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 there.

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 had lived in Quepos since 1938 and died at the battle of Limón.

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The current canton of Aguirre is highlighted in red within the lighter province of Puntarenas.

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 action said.

In addition to the city, the canton contains the districts of Savegre and Naranjito. There are about 27,000 residents.




Strong 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 mph.

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.

There 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 wind is 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.


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