Facts And Trivia About Valentine’s Day

(Information Courtesy of The History Channel Website)

Did you know that nearly 150 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day? Or that more than 40,000 American are employed at chocolate companies? Explore these and dozens more Valentine’s Day facts about cards, chocolate, flowers and candy, the hallmarks of St. Valentine’s Day.

Did You Know?
In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan.

A Tribute to “Marta”

By: Jorge Villalobos

Marta Arroyo, 44, not only had a way with people, but also with animals. As Juan Arroyo, 45, explained how this unruly lion cub became amicable when Marta picked him up and posed with him.

EL CENTRO – On the evening of Saturday, January 22nd Holtville lost an influential community member when a 2010 Chevy truck struck the passenger side of a 2000 Hyundai on Highway 7 at the Heber Intersection. That evening three people would be involved in the collision but only two would survive. Juan Arroyo, 45, the driver of the  Hyundai vehicle which was travelling Northbound on Hwy 7 and Dustin Nelson, 28, who drove the Chevy Westbound on Heber road. Marta Arroyo, 44, was the passenger in the Hyundai, was killed on impact from blunt-force trauma to the body.

Ensenada Council Member Shot And Killed Sunday Morning

Mario Conde
A council member from Ensenada was shot and killed early Sunday morning as he left a downtown bar.
Arturo Castellanos Ruiz was  sworn in as Ensenada Councilman last December and was affiliated to the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI).  Castellanos Ruiz was shot shortly after he was leaving Los Mostachones, a bar and Table Dance establishment in downtown Ensenada. He and another person were on its way to the council member’s pick-up truck when someone shot about a dozen bullets.
The victim received 7 shots and died instantly. An abandoned Ford 250 pickup believed to be the escape vehicle was discovered two blocks away.
It was confirmed that Castellanos Ruiz was threatened twice by a group of people, this according to Raul Carrillo, Transportation Director of Ensenada who also received death threats. Carrillo said that the deceased councilman wanted to make some changes to the local transportation and received a called to drop his plans to change the transportation system or there would be consequences.
Municipal authorities said that the crime does not appear to be linked to organized crime and are following various lines of investigation.
Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo said after the wake of Councilman Castellanos Ruiz that he and other members of the City have received death threats.
The Business Council of Ensenada condemned the assassination of their colleague this past week and asked authorities to get to the bottom of this case. The Council wrote in a press release that situations like these is what makes Ensenada less competitive and creates a negative environment to its residents.