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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.

State fleshes out affordable housing initiative details

By: - March 1, 2022

The Nevada Housing Division outlined more details on the type of affordable housing that could be produced with the $500 million investment announced by Gov. Steve Sisolak last week.  The division said on Tuesday that the $300 million being directed toward multi-family housing developments would produce up to 1,000 new units for families and seniors […]

Gilbert, Fiore defend threats made on governor and wife at restaurant

By: - March 1, 2022

While the Nevada Republican Party released a statement against the violent language directed at Gov. Steve Sisolak and his wife Kathy, who were recently threatened and harassed in a Las Vegas restaurant, the party remains silent about the candidates praising those actions.   Tiffiany Howard, an associate professor at UNLV who studies international security and political […]

Coalition welcomes Nevada ‘moving the needle’ on affordable housing

By: - February 25, 2022

Nevada’s tepid response to its housing crisis was fully apparent last year when the Nevada Housing Coalition, a group consisting of social service providers and developers, was presented with the state of affordable housing. “In March, the Nevada Housing Division economist presented the Annual Housing Progress Report and showed from 2014 to 2020, Nevada’s inventory […]

Cortez Masto eyes housing investments separate from stalled social spending bill

By: - February 24, 2022

At a time when rent in Southern Nevada is rising to unattainable rates, about 30 new families have already been able to move into an income-restricted property, Decatur Commons, which was constructed by the nonprofit developer Nevada HAND. When fully completed this year, the 480-unit apartment complex will lease to low-income families and seniors earning […]

Washoe Commission shelves Big Lie-fueled election proposal

By: - February 21, 2022

Washoe County Commissioners won’t hear a controversial resolution that called for using the National Guard at polling sites and ballots to be hand counted at its Tuesday meeting, but the proposal could reappear at a later date.  In a statement Monday, Washoe County Commission Chair Vaughn Hartung and Vice Chair Alexis Hill said the item […]

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Voting proposal, borne from unsubstantiated fraud claims, might not be the last, groups say

By: - February 21, 2022

Civil rights and voting advocacy groups say a proposed resolution before the Washoe County Commission, which calls for using the National Guard at polling sites, is unconstitutional and is designed to disenfranchise voters. They also warn more local efforts designed to restrict voting might surface ahead of the 2022 midterm election.  The Washoe County election […]

State says nearly 2,900 affordable housing units on the way after allocating tax-exempt bonds

By: - February 16, 2022

As Nevada’s housing crisis persists, the state will allocate tax-exempt bonding authority to enable new affordable housing projects statewide. The Nevada Housing Division announced Wednesday that $300.7 million, or 87%, of the state’s 2021 tax-exempt bonding authority has been earmarked for 10 additional housing developments. The division said previous years’ allocation will produce nearly 2,900 […]

Clark commissioners mull short term fixes, urge state action on rising rents

By: - February 16, 2022

With more people living on fixed incomes unable to meet rising rents, Clark County officials on Tuesday began discussing a proposed targeted assistance program to keep them housed.  County commissioners also called on the state to help local governments deal with an affordable housing crisis. And they indicated their patience with landlords is growing thin. […]

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Health provisions in federal relief law increased enrollments, but expire this year

By: - February 15, 2022

The passage of a federal American Rescue Plan relief bill last year, which expanded health care subsidies within the Affordable Care Act, resulted in a 25% increase in enrollment in Nevada, officials said.  However, subsidies are set to expire at the end of 2022.  U.S. Rep. Susie Lee and state Sen. Fabian Doñate joined health […]

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Nevada unmasked

By: - February 10, 2022

Though the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says it’s too soon for states to begin rolling back mask mandates and other health guidelines, Gov. Steve Sisolak said it’s time for Nevada to shed its mask requirement.  In a virtual press conference Thursday, Sisolak announced the statewide mandate would be rescinded immediately.  “I respect the […]

Fueled by pump prices, NV senators back temporary halt of federal gas tax

By: - February 9, 2022

Amid pressure to address rising costs, Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen are supporting a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax as a way to lower prices at the pump.  The Gas Prices Relief Act, introduced by Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, both Democrats, would suspend the […]

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After fits, starts, & industry pushback, state payday loan database finally operational

By: - February 8, 2022

A statewide database to track short-term payday loans, which was supposed to be operational July 2020, is finally up and running a year-and-a-half later. It took until Feb. 1 of this year for that system to go live, a year after lawmakers approved regulations governing the database on Dec. 28, 2020.  After failing to grant […]