Reporter’s notebook: Riders raise funds

A woman and her husband traveling 6,000 miles by motorcycle to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will be in Clovis Friday to receive a donation from the Elks Lodge, according to Elks Chairman Tom Pacholke.

Pacholke said the Clovis Elks Lodge will present Debbie Argel Bastian with $1,000 around 9:30 a.m. at High Plains Harley-Davidson.

Argel Bastian said on her Web site she and her husband are riding to raise money for the foundation in honor of her son, Capt. Derek Argel, an Air Force combat controller who was killed in action on Memorial Day 2005.

With a fundraising goal of $105,000, Argel Bastian’s Web site reports they have met 25 percent of their goal with more than $22,000 collected so far.

The couple, who left California Aug. 15, are riding to Milwaukee and plan to return to their home in California Sept. 15, the site said.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full college scholarship grants, along with financial aid and educational counseling to surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in an operational mission or training accident, according to www.specialops.org.

On the ‘net:

• www.firstgiving.com/debbieargel

• www.specialops.org.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rwhite@cnjonline.com