Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues.

240 unhoused individuals died in Southern Nevada last year

By: - January 9, 2023

While attending last month’s vigil in Southern Nevada remembering unhoused people who died in 2022, Clark County Human Services Administrator Tim Burch took note of many of the stories circling in the background.  An estimated 240 unhoused people died in Southern Nevada between Nov. 1 2021 and Oct. 31, 2022, which was around the same […]

Southern Nevada has limited options to house domestic violence survivors

By: - December 20, 2022

Sixteen. In a range from one to 20 on a lethality scale, an assessment that SafeNest does with those experiencing domestic violence who are looking to leave an abusive partner, you would need to score a 16 in order to secure a bed and a safe place to stay. Assessment questions include asking if the […]

Organizers call on Congress to pass last-minute immigration reform, pathway to citizenship

By: - December 9, 2022

As a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, David Beltran Barajas lives his life two years at a time. The DACA program, created through an executive order by former President Barack Obama, protects eligible immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from deportation, but they have to repeatedly reapply. The legality of […]

Horsford to chair Congressional Black Caucus; Lee gets Dems to add new ‘Battleground’ post

By: - December 1, 2022

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford was elected to serve as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which advocates for policy priorities important to the Black community, while U.S. Rep Susie Lee is among moderate Democrats pushing to create a leadership position focusing on perpetually vulnerable Democratic members serving in congressional swing districts. Horsford, who recently won […]

NDOC closes Warm Springs Correctional Center amid staffing shortages

By: - November 22, 2022

Amid staffing shortages, prison officials announced the Nevada Department of Corrections is closing Warm Springs Corrections Center in Carson City and consolidating remaining staff to work at other facilities. The Nevada state prison system averages around 50% staffing vacancy rates at three northern Nevada prisons including Warm Springs, Northern Nevada Correctional Center and Lovelock Correctional […]

To end youth homelessness, groups say ‘we have no choice but to make policy changes’

By: - November 22, 2022

Tayvon Jenkins was 12 years old when he and his family began experiencing homelessness on and off.  The now 26-year-old Jenkins explained during the annual Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) summit Nov. 17 that he thought his situation was typical.  “I thought all my friends were always hungry, like me,” he said. “I thought […]

Battleground state SOS winners relieved after denying the election deniers

By: - November 16, 2022

Voters in Nevada, along with other battleground states including Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico and Arizona, rejected election deniers running to become secretaries of state. Members of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, including Cisco Aguilar who was recently elected in Nevada, spoke during a virtual press conference Tuesday about the importance of preventing those […]

In SOS race, Aguilar on track to beat election denier who wanted to be in charge of elections

By: - November 11, 2022

Republican Jim Marchant, an election denier who warned he would “fix” the 2024 presidential election, is on track to lose his bid for secretary of state against Democrat Cisco Aguilar. Marchant initially had a lead in the race, but that vanished after additional voting results were released Thursday, and Aguilar’s lead only grew after Clark […]

Organizers, officials reaching out to voters whose signatures on ballots need verification

By: - November 11, 2022

If people forgot to sign their mail-in ballot, or their signature doesn’t match with past voting records, they have until the end of the day Nov. 14 to resolve their issue, a process known as signature curing. Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said there were about 7,100 ballots that needed to be cured […]

Democratic House incumbents poised to survive redistricting gambit

By: - November 10, 2022

In the first election since congressional districts were redrawn, three Nevada incumbent U.S. House Democrats have declared victory, while Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei is on pace to win by his largest margin since being elected in 2012.  U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford declared victory Thursday. Each had narrow leads […]

It took until Election Night but Republicans and Democrats finally agreed on something: Be patient

By: , and - November 9, 2022

Election Day has morphed into Election Week. Tuesday ended with none of Nevada’s top ticket races being called. Election officials at Clark and Washoe counties, which together make up almost 90% of the state population,  announced they did not have the resources to process the mail ballots that were received on Election Day via the […]

We almost certainly won’t know who won some races on election night, so don’t freak out

By: - November 7, 2022

Though Election Day is Tuesday, election officials say it will take some time before Nevadans learn final results or find out who won and who lost some close races. “It’s certainly not going to be final on election night, but we will keep the general public informed every day that we get results in, and […]