LAS CRUCES (AP) — One of seven members of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority's board of directors has resigned after Gov. Susana Martinez left him off a list of officials confirmed by Senate panel.
Dona Ana County Commissioner Scott Krahling tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/JuEFUg ) he believes the governor's office was caught off guard by an opinion column he wrote criticizing changes to Spaceport visitors facilities.
A spokesman for the governor cited concerns with Krahling's `engagement" in board activities for growing tension that ended with the resignation.
Krahling resigned Thursday, a day after a Senate panel formally confirmed a slate of other Martinez-appointed members for board posts. All seven were appointed early last year but the Senate just took up their confirmation.
The Spaceport is being built north of Las Cruces.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.