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Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

‘Outmaneuvered:’ Housing justice advocates reflect on session, look to future

By: - June 21, 2021

Before the pandemic hit, Quentin Savwoir, the deputy director of Make it Work Nevada, would often go into the community and hear about economic issues such as the lack of child care options, pay equity issues and insufficient paid leave policies.  While those obstacles haven’t gone away, COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdown that resulted in […]

As eviction moratorium eases, overwhelmed renters turn to nonprofit for legal help

By: - June 15, 2021

After six years of renting their home, Angelica Apodaca and Jose Erbella were given a 30-day eviction notice this month after learning the owner had sold the property. It was followed up by a seven-day notice for unpaid rent.  Parish Packer, who fell behind rent by nearly $4,000 while she was searching for work, received […]

ACLU condemns state’s proposed lethal injection plan for Zane Floyd

By: - June 11, 2021

The Nevada Department of Corrections’ plan to use a never-before-tried combination of drugs to kill Zane Floyd, in what would be the state’s first execution in 15 years, was blasted by the ACLU of Nevada on Friday. In a statement, Jen Shomshor, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU, said the “vagaries about which drugs […]

AG Ford, community organizers highlight criminal justice reform successes, failures

By: - June 10, 2021

It took a decade of organizing and five legislative sessions for Nevada to embrace a long-sought criminal justice reform to decriminalize minor traffic tickets such as driving with a broken taillight. Assembly Bill 116, which converts most minor traffic offenses to civil infractions to prevent jail time, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Steve […]

‘You gasp in relief, you don’t celebrate’

By: - June 4, 2021

It’s easy to measure Nevada’s success in passing legislation that enhances LGBTQ protections when compared to the wave of anti-LGBTQ bills, specifically anti-trans proposals, that have been sweeping through state legislatures in 2021. At least 17 bills were passed around the country that targeted trans youth seeking gender-affirming care and allowed for religious exemptions to […]

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7 notable bills that passed on Memorial Day, briefly explained

By: - June 1, 2021

During the last day of the 2021 Legislative session, all eyes were fixed on the last minute bill taxing the mining industry. But lawmakers also passed a slew of legislation in the final hours, including long-overdue criminal justice reforms, steps toward creating a public health option, and the end of Nevada’s state-run caucus in favor […]

With eviction cases resuming, tenants urged to respond to all notices, be proactive

By: - May 27, 2021

After being unemployed and struggling financially for 10 months, Richard Calhoun finally applied for rental assistance in January.  His application still hasn’t been approved by the CARES Housing Assistance Program. Speaking to members of Nevadans for the Common Good, a faith-based coalition that organizes around social justice issues, Calhoun worried about getting caught up on […]

Buckley makes case for using ARP funds to stave off evictions

By: - May 25, 2021

In her more than 30 years with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Barbara Buckley told lawmakers Monday, she has never experienced a year like 2020, which was marked by record unemployment rates and an eviction crisis.  “Not 9/11 when the planes stopped flying to our tourist economy, and certainly not the last foreclosure […]

Last minute legislation would prevent evictions if tenants seek assistance

By: - May 21, 2021

With Nevada’s eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of month, which housing justice advocates and legal groups say could overwhelm the court with cases and lead to thousands of lockouts, the Assembly introduced legislation that could slow the impact. Assembly Bill 486 would stay an eviction proceeding if a tenant has an application […]

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Prison system’s approach to inmates’ money bewilders legislators

By: - May 20, 2021

A fiscal note attached to legislation that caps how much money prison officials can withdraw from an inmate’s accounts confused  lawmakers Wednesday.  State Sen. Melanie Scheible, who presented Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Finance Committee, said the bill would cap the prison system’s share of money sent to inmates by friends and family at […]

Union workers lobby lawmakers to pass ‘right-to-return’ legislation

By: - May 19, 2021

Jose Lopez gave more than 30 years of his life working for Boyd Gaming, with the last eight years as a bartender at the California Hotel and Casino.  After a year being laid off due to the pandemic, there is no guarantee Lopez, 59, will be able to return to his old job and is […]

‘We need answers’: Fed up with Dem inaction, reformers trek to Carson City

By: - May 18, 2021

When reform advocates helped get many lawmakers elected in 2020, they thought they were sending legislators to Carson City to pass bold criminal justice reforms, enact laws that root out systemic racism, and implement the will of the community.  Speaking at a rally Monday in front of the Nevada Legislature, many were disappointed by much […]