In this edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk takes Republican presidential candidates to task for their condemnation of gay marriage's legalization as an assault on "religious freedom."

KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

State Auditor Tim Keller today said his office has conducted an initial investigation into alleged wrongdoing by senior-level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. That investigation was sparked by tips from anonymous callers. KSFR's Zelie Pollon talked to the State Auditor to find out more. 

Given yesterday’s weather, it wasn’t a sure thing that the unofficial launch of the International Folk Art market would take place.

But the skies cleared and hundreds of folk artists joined the procession up at the St John’s field. We spoke with several of the artists, some of whom were glad to be away from a home country at war. KSFR's Zelie Pollon has the story. 

This past weekend KSFR in partnership with Rotary Santa Fe and their annual Pancakes on the plaza fundraising event, broadcast live from the Plaza. Our Times with Craig Barnes had a surprise visit from not only Mayor Javier Gonzales but also New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio who was vacationing in the city different. Barnes spoke with both mayors about income equality and a subject on the agenda at this evening’s city council meeting, Public banking. Barnes interviews DeBlasio first.

This year will be the 10th year that Afghan artist Rangina Hamidi and the cooperative she represents called Khandahar treasure will be at the International Folk Art Market which begins on Friday. Initially supported by Santa Fe business owners Ira and Sylvia Seret, the response to their textiles was so overwhelming they were invited back every year. Rangina begins by describing her textile work.

In partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's office, KSFR has launched a series of reports on consumer protection issues.  Today's story on mortgage foreclosure is the first in that series. 

KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

Americans have used fireworks to commemorate Independence Day since July 4th, 1777, the first anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Every city worth its salt has a fireworks display. But here in Northern New Mexico, the threat of wildfires makes it impossible to take the using fireworks for granted. KSFR’s Kate Powell has the information you need to stay safe if you plan to light your own fireworks this weekend. 

Some people in Santa Fe will be celebrating the 4th of July in a different way this year, by reading the famous Frederick Douglass speech delivered before a white audience in 1852. Reading organizer Sunshine Muse says the speech by the African American abolitionist and former slave called “What to the Slave is the 4th of July” is as relevant today as it ever was.

In this Independence Day edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk reflects on Abigail Adams' entreaty to her Founding Father husband, John Adams: All men may be created equal, but don't forget the ladies! 


KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon.

According to our state’s economic development department, this year’s Special legislative session brought an unprecedented opportunity to bring new businesses to New Mexico. I spoke with Juan Torres with the State Economic Development Department about the LEDA program and why Santa Fe is still such a difficult place to run a business.