The County Update publishes once a week on Fridays and also as needed to share important news and resources.

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In Today’s Update:

Featured Video: Couples tie the knot at County Clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day

• CalFresh emergency benefits to end Feb. 28

• 55-hour directional freeway closures coming to SR 210

• Deputies educate off-road enthusiasts in Operation Dust Devil

• Volunteers distribute aid during the Point-in-Time count

California Days event happening at Calico Ghost Town Feb. 18-19

• Free registration for ARMC Foundation 5K Walk/Run to Better Health

• All About the Animals nonprofit donates toys, and supplies to Devore Animal Shelter

 Pet of the Week

• County offices closed on Monday for Presidents Day

• Jobs of the Week

Featured Video: Couples tie the knot at County Clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day

The San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office has become the most romantic spot on the world’s most romantic day.

Forty-seven happy couples said “I do” at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records Valentine’s Day this past Tuesday, continuing an annual tradition of couples circling Feb. 14 on their calendars as the day they will tie the knot.

San Bernardino County’s standing as the premiere place to get hitched on Valentine’s Day is now known throughout Southern California thanks to the excellent coverage of this year’s nuptials provided by NBC4.

CalFresh emergency benefits to end Feb. 28

CalFresh emergency allotments are ending on Feb 28, 2023. A final Emergency Allotment will be issued March 26, 2023.

The federal govermnemt is ending additional CalFresh Emergency Allotments at the end of February that were originally issued to eligible households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020.

In accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, emergency benefits will end Feb. 28, 2023.  CalFresh recipients will continue to receive their regular benefits as stated on their Notice of Action after a final emergency allotment is issued in March 2023.

Customers may submit information regarding changes in circumstances, such as medical expenses, shelter deductions, dependent care costs and changes in employment/income by signing into BenefitsCal.

Additional assistance information is available on the San Bernardino County Food Assistance website.

55-hour directional freeway closures coming to SR 210

55-hour directional freeway closures coming to SR 210. Starting February 24

Starting the last weekend of February, crews will begin a series of six directional, 55-hour freeway closures on SR 210 as part of the SR 210 Lane Addition and Base Line Interchange Project. These closures will be taken one direction at a time over select weekends. The closures will allow crews to safely perform paving operations on eastbound (EB) and westbound (WB) SR 210 at the on- and off-ramp junctures of the San Bernardino Avenue interchange.

The closures will take place during weekends from Friday at 10 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., and are expected to be scheduled for the following dates*:

• Friday, February 24 through Monday, February 27 (WB)

• Friday, March 3 through Monday, March 6 (WB)

• Friday, March 10 through Monday, March 13 (WB)

• Friday, March 24 through Monday, March 27 (EB)

• Friday, March 31 through Monday, April 3 (EB)

• Friday, April 14 through Monday, April 17 (EB)

* Please remember construction is dynamic and the schedule is subject to change.

To learn more about the closures and detours:

• Visit SR 210 Lane Addition/Base Line Interchange

• Sign up for weekly construction alerts • Bookmark SBCTA’s interactive Google Map for real time closure and detour information.

Deputies educate off-road enthusiasts on safety in Operation Dust Devil

During the eighth week of Operation Dust Devil, deputies patrolled Juniper Flats, Deep Creek, Hesperia Lakes, Summit Valley, Silverwood, San Bernardino, and Lytle Creek. Deputies issued six California Vehicle Code citations, 43 San Bernardino County Code Enforcement citations and 12 City of Hesperia Code Enforcement citations. Two stranded motorists were contacted in the Deep Creek spillway due to their vehicles being stuck in the river.   

Throughout the patrol, deputies contacted 330 citizens and provided educational resources on legal riding areas and safe riding practices.  

Deputies also contacted approximately 2,000 off-road enthusiasts at King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley; and assisted Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Officers with a large side-by-side event being held on a property adjacent to El Mirage.   

On December 17, 2022, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors authorized funding to assist with county-wide off-highway vehicle enforcement. The funding allows the Sheriff’s Department to increase law enforcement services related to quality-of-life issues affecting the communities in our county.

Operation Dust Devil will take place over the next several months to encourage safe and responsible off-highway vehicle operation, by way of education and enforcement throughout San Bernardino County. 

Operation Dust Devil will focus on off-highway vehicle operations throughout the county’s 20,105 sq. miles. The operation will include personnel from the Sheriff’s Off-Highway Vehicle Team and various patrol stations. They will work with San Bernardino County Land Use Services/Code Enforcement, San Bernardino Park Services, Hesperia Park Services, U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Fish and Game, National Parks Service, BNSF Police, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Rialto Police Department and Colton Police Department.

The goal of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Off-Highway Vehicle Team is to contact off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and educate them on the safe and proper use of their equipment, including use of helmets, seat belts, and operating on designated off-highway vehicle trails and open areas. Many enthusiasts are unaware of the locations of the legal and open off-highway vehicle riding areas.

The County of San Bernardino and Sheriff’s Department support responsible and safe off-highway vehicle use and encourage enthusiasts to use the below links to learn about and discover the legal off-highway vehicle opportunities in the county. If you would like the team to assess a particular area regarding illegal riding, please email

Off-Highway Vehicle Riding Resources

Volunteers distribute aid during the Point-in-Time count

A record number of volunteers from San Bernardino County and its partner cities teamed up to assist our most vulnerable population during the 2023 Point-In-Time Count of the county’s homeless population.  In addition to gathering important data, more than 800 volunteers distributed hygiene kits and provided information about vital resources to unsheltered individuals throughout the county on Thursday, January 26, 2023.  

Results from the 2023 Point-In-Time Count are being tabulated and will be announced in the coming months.

California Days event happening at Calico Ghost Town Feb. 18-19

San Bernardino County Regional Parks and Apollo Silver Corp. are excited to celebrate the second annual California Days event at Calico Ghost Town over Presidents’ Day weekend on Feb. 18-19, 2023.

California Days celebrates early California history with a focus on California’s admission to the union as the nation’s 31st state on Sept. 9, 1850.

This family-friendly event will precede National California Day, which lands on February 22 every year and will celebrate the people and culture of early California by hosting family activities, gunfight shows and educational displays on the state’s Bear Flag, Pony Express Trail, and Butterfield Overland Trail.

Serving as a natural backdrop to the Old West, Calico will travel back in time with a beard and mustache contest, arts and crafts, games and contests for all ages, pony rides, stories from the Pony Express, and a Pony Express relay for kids under 11.

Eventgoers can enjoy our fair food lineup with goodies such as pretzels, lemonade, and tater tot creations, or for very hungry appetites, the Calico Restaurant, Old Miner’s Café and Lil’s Saloon will be open.

Mining event sponsors include the Apollo Silver Corp., Cal Portland Company, Mitsubishi Cement Corporation and Equinox Gold Castle Mountain Mine, and will be on-hand to provide educational mining information and displays. Local food franchise Raising Canes Chicken Fingers from Barstow will also be on-hand to provide prize giveaways to eventgoers.

Calico will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices are $10 per adult, $5 children ages 4-11, and 3 years and under are FREE.

For more details and a daily schedule of events, visit Calico California Days.

Calico Ghost Town offers full- and partial-camping at the park. Reservations may be booked directly online at San Bernardino County Parks. Cabins and bunkhouses are also available. Please call 800-862-2542 to reserve.

Calico Ghost Town is located off I-15 at Ghost Town Road in Yermo, just 10 miles north of Barstow. Visit Calico Ghost Town Regional Park for detailed information on Calico and upcoming events.

Free Registration for ARMC 5K Walk/Run to Better Health

Join the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Foundation for a free 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, March 25!

Come out and enjoy a healthy day with the community. The ARMC Foundation 5K Walk/Run aims to encourage exercise while also promoting the services that San Bernardino County and ARMC offer to the community. Everyone is welcome!

Participants can register online at Run Sign Up ARMC 5K or on race day from 7 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. The walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. The race will take place at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center located at 400 N. Pepper Avenue in Colton.

All About the Animals nonprofit donates toys, and supplies to Devore Animal Shelter

Devore Animal Shelter pets were delighted to receive an abundance of toys and supplies from All About the Animals, a nonprofit organization that donated enrichment supplies to the shelter on Feb. 1, 2023. 

Tennis balls, treats and other pet supplies were donated and will be used during animal enrichment activities with Enrichment Specialist that walk, play and interact with pets as they wait for their furever homes. 

The various toys and treats were provided by Laura Jones, Chief Executive Officer of All About the Animals, and her team as they compassionately engaged with shelter staff and pets to emulate the mission of the organization and their dedication to helping animals. All About the Animals’ core mission is that every pet deserves a loving home and the best care and opportunities for a healthy, happy life.

For more information about animals in need of loving homes in San Bernardino County’s Big Bear and Devore shelters, please visit San Bernardino County Animal Care to see photographs of the animal’s awaiting adoption or call (800) 472-5609. To donate to assist animals at the shelter, visit Animals are First Fund Facebook page.

Pet of the Week: Riggs

This week’s Pet of the Week is Riggs (#A775080). Riggs is a caring guy who loves attention from his human friends, especially from staff at the Devore Animal Shelter. He is estimated to be a 5-year-old unaltered male, black and brown German Shepherd and is available for adoption.

If you are interested in meeting Riggs, please call or visit the Devore Animal Shelter and ask to see ID #A775080. For information about animals available for adoption in San Bernardino County’s Big Bear and #Devore shelters, please visit San Bernardino County Animal Care to see photographs of the pets awaiting adoption or call (800) 472-5609. To donate to assist animals at the shelter, visit Animals are First Fund Facebook page.

County offices will be closed on Monday for Presidents Day

County offices will be closed on Monday for Presidents Day, February 20.

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Jobs of the Week and other hiring events

San Bernardino County has jobs that will open on Saturday, Feb. 18.

We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval.

Check Job Opportunities for the most up-to-date recruitments.

A purple box with the words Monkey Pox Information on it. there is a vial of medicine with a needle on an angle at the top.

For all monkeypox-related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s monkeypox webpage at Individuals who are interested in the vaccine may complete the Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form

A teal box with the words COVID-!9 Vaccine Information on it and a injectable needle on the left.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

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