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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