I would like to congratulate Will Barela on another well run tournament. Also congratulations to Ben Coraretti, Michael Torres, Larry Young, and Gerardo Mendoza for winning their sections.
I honestly believe the only way to attract the higher rated players is to offer these longer time controls (> G/90). I know it precludes more than two rounds a day but I think the quality of chess being played is just better.
Hopefully the next time Will runs a tournament down at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum more of you can attend. It is a very cool museum and a great playing site.