Future work

Look for the Meyers Group to begin work early next year on an apartment complex in West El Paso. You’ll remember that the group led by Stuart Meyers had proposed a luxury high-rise with a hotel and apartments near North Mesa and Shadow Mountain.

Then plans changed to two shorter towers with condos, and changed again to low-rise apartment buildings like those developed by Richard Aguilar in Montecillo. Aguilar is a partner with Meyers on the project.

What about the group’s renovation of the historic Hotel Paso del Norte? Work is continuing there, with completion expected by the end of this year.

Living the dream

Joe and Margaret Valenzuela, who split their time between El Paso and California, have been making wine in the Napa Valley since 2013.

This week, they’re participating in a prestigious wine auction that raises funds for the community, and should raise their profile as vintners. The event is called Auction Napa Valley, and the Valenzuelas will have some of their wine futures up for bid in the Barrel Auction. They work with winemaker Julien Fayard on their Rubia Wine Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, to be released in July 2020.

Joe and Margaret were childhood sweethearts in Alpine, moved to El Paso, and were active in the business and volunteer communities for 30 years. Joe is still a member of the Sun Bowl Association’s advisory board. And every glass of wine they drink? It’s research, of course.


Congratulations to John Meza, communications VP for the Borderplex Alliance, and Mallory Driggers, UTEP’s director of development and annual giving. The happy couple eloped last week. They tied the knot on Nantucket Island, then flew to Positano, Italy, for a honeymoon. The native El Pasoans plan to live and raise a family here.

Meza was communications director for Beto O’Rourke when the now-presidential candidate was in the U.S. House. He and Driggers met years ago and reconnected when he moved back home from D.C.

Meza has a political science degree from UTEP, and she has a bachelor’s in public relations from Baylor, a master’s from UTEP, and a doctorate in higher education administration from NMSU.

Why elope? They love Nantucket and wanted a fun, stress-free, special day.