Fate of N.M. Spaceport Rests with Voters

But in poor southern New Mexico's ranching country, some say they have no intention of paying for some rich people's thrills. On Tuesday, residents of Dona Ana County voted on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase critical to the project.


While Branson and New Mexico are pushing forward, they are racing against Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and others to make their dreams a reality. Bezos has been quietly buying land and recruiting engineers to create his own spaceport in West Texas. According to his Web site, Bezos successfully launched a small, unmanned craft in a stretch of Texas desert about 120 miles east of El Paso last year.


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