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Chris Kudialis


Chris Kudialis started at the Las Vegas Sun in 2015 after a year with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chris speaks three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and Brazil's Rio Times, among other metropolitan dailies. He was an international news intern at Mundo Cristiano in Madrid, Spain, and covered the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before journalism, Chris worked as a translator and interpreter.

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Las Vegas marijuana convention skyrockets with growth of industry
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
One step into the annual Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas and the massive growth of the industry is evident. Small booths that used to squeeze into the Rio have ...
Las Vegas-based Essence marijuana operation selling for $290 million
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Owners of Las Vegas’ largest marijuana dispensary and cultivation operation announced today they are selling the business for $290 million. Armen Yemenidjian ...
Marijuana advocate sees Sessions’ ouster as a plus
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
With Nevada’s marijuana industry flourishing, one of its greatest threats was eliminated this week when President Donald Trump forced the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after nearly two years on the job, a leading Las Vegas pot advocate said. It is hoped that Matthew G. Whitaker, a former football player for the University of Iowa and Sessions’ chief of staff since October 2017, will take a more progressive stance on ...
Runners wed, memorialize loved ones during Las Vegas marathon festivities
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
More than 100 couples participated in the event’s “run-thru weddings,” a roped-off area on the north end of the Strip where runners of the half and full marathons who applied in advance had their vows read and were issued ...
'Our Super Bowl': Marathon organizers relish return to Las Vegas Strip
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
More than 40,000 runners, representing all 50 states and 86 countries, will take to Las Vegas Boulevard today ...
Police: 2 more arrested in mistaken shooting of girl, 11, in North Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
North Las Vegas Police say they have arrested all but one suspect in the gang-motivated, mistaken shooting death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this month. Police announced today ...
Lee, Horsford win as 3 of 4 Nevada House seats go Democrat
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Two of Nevada’s four congressional districts were expected to be won by thin margins Tuesday night, while it was assumed the other two races would be blowouts. It turned out all four races were ...
Finishing touches for Planet 13 as mega-dispensary set to open
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Tractors and commercial trucks moved their way through a crowded marijuana dispensary parking lot Monday just three days before the superstore was set to open to the public. Planet 13’s new 40,000-square-foot facility — located on West Desert Inn Road near Sammy Davis Jr. Drive — features a massive 16,500-square-foot mega-dispensary, a lobby that ...
Las Vegas pot advocacy group urges U.S. to follow Canada’s legalization lead
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
A mega marijuana bud prop dropped in Toronto Wednesday morning as a symbolic start to federal recreational marijuana legalization in Canada. In other parts of the country, eager weed buyers lined up by the hundreds outside the now-legal pot stores to ...
Culinary workers urge protection for immigrants under federal programs
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
With the future of immigrants under two federal relief programs in limbo, about 200 union workers in Las Vegas met today with Democratic political candidates and federal lawmakers, urging them to ...
Marijuana advocates want changes to Nevada employment, DUI laws
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Marijuana advocates want to see Nevada laws changed to prevent employers from firing workers for smoking pot and to raise the amount of ...
Desert Pines grinds out pivotal win over Legacy, 15-8
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
A high-stakes game with 4A Northeast division implications was for the first three quarters controlled by the Legacy Longhorns on their homecoming night ...
Inaugural UNLV fundraiser seeks more alumni donations
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
More alumni donors would help improve UNLV’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s list of best universities, an Alumni Association executive said today. Standing among about 100 people gathered for a rally launching UNLV’s inaugural #RebelsGive fundraiser, UNLV Alumni Association Senior Vice President Chad Warren said the percentage of alumni who donate is indicated as “alumni satisfaction” in the ...
Las Vegas Paiutes to open second marijuana dispensary with drive-thru
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
A second Nevada tribal marijuana dispensary will soon be operating in the northwest valley, expected to open by early next year. The second Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, owned ...
Entrepreneurs work to expand marijuana industry workforce
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
It’s a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, and while many in the Valley are watching the second week of the NFL season or spending time with their families, dozens of locals are tucked away in a warehouse learning how to sell legal marijuana.

How to protect yourself from hackers and email phishers
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
As technology improves, hackers have become smarter and their techniques more advanced. The personal information of innocent and unknowing victims, many of whom live in Las Vegas, is out there for the taking. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates an average of 12 million Americans have their identities compromised each year in the form of their driver’s license, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, resulting in more than ...
Revival reminds that Las Vegas shines in face of Oct. 1 tragedy
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Tony and Linda Blache of Las Vegas wore matching black T-shirts with Route 91 printed on them — a reference to the music festival that turned tragic last year when a gunman opened fire on ...
Scholarship fund will help children of those killed in Oct. 1 shooting
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
After losing their daughter in the Oct. 1 Strip shooting, Debbie and Chris Davis found themselves thrust into a virtual role they hadn’t played in many years — parents. Neysa Tonks, a single mother, left behind ...
'The first of its kind': Mega entertainment venue behind Venetian breaks ground
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
With a height rivaling that of the Strip casinos a block away, a proposed 18,000-seat globe-shaped facility with a 160,000-square-foot LED screen will be a gigantic ...
Nevada Resort Association urges delay on marijuana lounges
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Nevada’s leading gaming and resort advocacy group is urging Las Vegas officials to hold off on a proposed ordinance to allow marijuana consumption lounges. Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said the proposed hookah-style lounges ...
Q+A: Related CEO bullish on Las Vegas economy, upscale rental projects
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
The Miami-based luxury home rental company plans to have as many as three projects costing an estimated $300 million in the valley by the end of 2019 ...
'We charge way too much': Why Nevada's pot prices are expected to drop
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
Nevada’s comparatively high pot prices are due to costs paid by dispensaries to state-mandated testing labs and a tax on the plant as high as 38 percent in some cities by ...
Metal detectors considered after rash of school gun incidents
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
With seven gun-related incidents on school grounds this year, including the fatal shooting of a high school student Tuesday in North Las Vegas, officials are considering additional safety measures such as ...
Community remembers 8-year-old crash victim with candles, prayer
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
Levi Echenique’s favorite book was the Bible, his favorite places church and the baseball diamond. The 8-year-old whose life was cut short in an Aug. 31 car crash was remembered by ...
Tax incentives for businesses that invest in underserved areas
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
One of the big changes resulting from last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will soon reach lower-income Nevada communities. The Opportunity Zone program offers significant federal income tax incentives for investors who put their money in communities deemed most in need by ...
Marijuana industry prepares for release of new dispensary licenses
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Dozens of new state licenses for recreational marijuana facilities will be issued during the next few months to a limited number of applicants, reshaping the landscape of Nevada’s marijuana industry. Per the voter-approved Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Question 2 on the November 2016 ballot, only current state pot license holders—including cultivators and ...
Athletes tout medical benefits of pot as physicians warn of overuse
Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
If 18-year NBA veteran Cliff Robinson had been as transparent about his marijuana usage decades ago as he is now, his career may not have been the same ...
'I'm alive again': Las Vegas marijuana patients celebrate plant’s life-changing role
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after waking up during a botched surgery, Las Vegas native Kara Sharpe reached a point of taking three opiate painkillers a day ...
Pot-infused beer debuts at Las Vegas dispensary
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Marijuana users in Nevada can now ingest cannabis in the form of an ice cold brew. Two Roots Brewing Co. debuted its new line of marijuana beers at ...
'The evidence is there': Medical professionals say pot an expanding part of children’s medicine
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
“Cannabis is safe, especially under medical supervision. People worry that using cannabis would make kids worse, but we’re finding the exact opposite is true.”
Nevada marijuana industry collects 140 percent of initial tax projections in first year
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
“Nevada’s first year with a legal adult-use market has not only exceeded revenue expectations but proven to be a largely successful one from a regulatory standpoint.”
Las Vegas could see first marijuana lounges open by end of year
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Las Vegas officials are working to open the state’s first marijuana consumption lounges by the end of the year. The proposal calls for hookah-style lounges, where legal quantities of pot can be consumed by ...
Five reasons to consider investing in a medical marijuana card
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
While the number of medical marijuana cardholders in the state has slipped from its May 2017 high of 28,000, investing in a card still has its perks ...
Nevada's pot industry struggling to overtake black market, advocate says
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
One year into the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada, more than half the state’s pot sales are still taking place on the illegal market, said the president of the state’s leading cannabis advocacy association. Andrew Jolley, head of the Nevada Dispensary Association and owner of The+Source dispensaries, said ...
Water authority ups bounty for removing grass
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Landscaper Dane Keiser is bracing for a surge in business after the Southern Nevada Water Authority upped its bounty for removing grass to conserve water. Instead of paying $2 per square foot of grass exchanged for ...
'Priceless': Young Las Vegan’s dream comes true with Chainsmokers at the Wynn
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
Sarah Hodge grew up wanting to be like everyone else but faced limits because of dealing with cystic fibrosis. On Friday night, she experienced something that few of her peers could ever dream of. Hodge, 18, spent her Friday night as a special guest at ...
Home means Nevada (for Californians, Utahans and Arizonans, too)
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
While the addition of more than 100,000 residents since 2016 and three professional sports teams has certainly had a positive role in helping the market, those in the industry claim our local growth is thanks to Vegas’ booming economy ...
Las Vegas engineering firm takes top honors in workplace awards
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
An engineering firm based in Las Vegas was recently named the best place to work by an international consulting and ranking outlet ...
Popular Laughlin river event resurfaces, aiming to leave a tidy wake
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Heaps of garbage floating in and around the Colorado River — littered plastic bottles, cans, life jackets, flip-flops and more — provided plenty of cringeworthy images for officials after the 2016 Laughlin River Regatta. The mess from the record crowd ...
Companies revamping office atmospheres to accommodate new age of workers
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
The days of high cubicle walls, cramped quarters and private offices are on their way out, as millennials are demanding inviting, fun places to spend their workdays and find ...
Ban on smoking in public housing could be felt by Las Vegas residents
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Interviewed Southern Nevada public housing residents expressed concern over the ban’s impact on disabled and handicapped residents ...
Report: Nevada is top state for identity theft
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Nevada is the top state for people to become the victims of identity theft, according to a report released this week. Using FBI and Federal Trade Commission data from 2017, personal security website ASecureLife ranked ...
Marijuana beer to hit Las Vegas dispensaries, minus the alcohol
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
The latest marijuana-infused beverage — a nonalcoholic beer — could soon hit the shelves at Nevada dispensaries. California-based Two Roots Brewing Co. is producing ...
iBuyers offer another option to quickly sell homes in Las Vegas
Monday, July 30, 2018
Instead of selling their homes through traditional real estate agents, some Las Vegans are opting to sell directly to so-called iBuyers such as Opendoor. San Francisco-based Opendoor has operated in the Las Vegas Valley for ...
Tax revenue from Nevada marijuana sales set new high in May
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Revenue from the wholesale tax is allocated to fund state and local government regulation of the industry, and what’s left is deposited ...
Poker’s Chris Moorman says move to Las Vegas good for his game
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Chris Moorman, a native of England, cut his poker teeth on the online sites Poker Stars, Full Tilt and 888poker before competing in the World Series of Poker. With more than $15 million in online earnings, he holds the record for ...
Size and sizzle: Planet 13 aims to open largest dispensary in Nevada
Friday, July 20, 2018
A proposed marijuana mega-dispensary just a block off the Strip will also feature an entertainment experience with typical Las Vegas flair, its CEO said Thursday. Planet ...
Panic button maker displays devices that protect hotel workers
Thursday, July 19, 2018
When a housekeeper at many Las Vegas hotels feels their well-being is threatened or comes across a guest having a medical emergency, the solution to a fast response is closer than ever ...
New downtown pot dispensary 'shatters all stereotypes'
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Known for its Apple store-like approach to selling weed, MedMen offers its customers touchscreen stations where the components ...
Popular Las Vegas marijuana dispensary The+Source part of $56 million sale
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Nevada Organic Remedies, which owns and operates The+Source dispensaries in Las Vegas and Henderson, two cultivation facilities and a 2,500 square foot production facility ...