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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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CCSD budget woes curb police staffing at game marred by brawl
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
While the primary function is dealing with crowd control, Friday’s brawl proved CCSD police must be ready to intervene when ...
UNLV panel urges DACA recipients to renew permit before Oct. 5 deadline
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Despite the repeal of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, undocumented immigrants living across Nevada and the United States are entitled to basic civil rights and should not allow Immigration Customs Enforcement officers to enter their homes without a warrant signed by a judge, a panel of three immigration experts said Saturday. ...
'Maintain our culture': Latino communities celebrate 'El Grito' in Las Vegas
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
The first Mexican Independence Day event of its kind just may have been the largest draw for Las Vegas’ celebration of “El Grito” in recent memory ...
Sandoval concerned about public marijuana lounges, cafes
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval is raising concerns about a new opinion by lawyers for the state legislature that says nothing in state law prohibits local governments from allowing marijuana consumption in ...
Workshops aim to educate undocumented Nevadans about their rights in wake of DACA decision
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Last week’s announcement to phase out the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program by 2019 doesn’t leave people losing their temporary status without civil rights
Marijuana lounges, weed consumption at special events legal, opinion says
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
Commercial lounges for using recreational marijuana would be legal under state law, as long as people were consuming under the legal limit of the plant and it was not being sold, according to ...
Mexican Independence Day: Las Vegas will be brimming with revelers
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
It’s easy to overlook what this weekend’s Mexican Independence Day actually means with more than a dozen A-list Spanish-speaking Latino music acts and even more fiestas set to hit the Las Vegas valley for the holiday. ...
CCSD Superintendent Skorkowsky to retire in June
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced this morning he will retire in June, ending a 30-year career in which he rose from the classroom to the district’s top position. Skorkowsky laid out ...
Moratorium lifted on recreational pot in Henderson; sales could start in October
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Pot shoppers in Henderson will soon be able to legally purchase the plant for recreational use after the Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium ...
Las Vegas immigrants brace for future after DACA program repealed
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Kathia Sotelo came to the United States from her home state of Michoacán, Mexico, when she was 7 years old. With an uncertain future in the U.S., Sotelo attended school in Las Vegas as an undocumented immigrant, living in fear of deportation until President Barack Obama introduced the ...
Solving a capital punishment conundrum
Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
When a convicted killer renounced his right to an appeal his death sentence after more than nine years on death row in Nevada, the state could not provide a way to execute him. ...
Allegiant in-flight magazine to feature marijuana ads
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will begin running marijuana advertisements in its in-flight magazines. Acres Cannabis, a Las Vegas dispensary ...
Las Vegas trio indicted for million-dollar tax fraud
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
They deposited and transferred the stolen money through a variety of bank and brokerage accounts as well as check-cashing business ...
Las Vegas police take suspect in northeast valley bus shooting into custody
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
Metro Police have taken a man into custody after he allegedly fired multiple shots from inside a Las Vegas city bus in the northeast valley ...
Confronting hate at home: Local activist hopes young, diverse Las Vegas is immune to alt-right's message
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
On Aug. 22, Metro Police investigated a swastika painted on the sidewalk in front of a Summerlin elementary school. That came just two days after the force reported ...
Mayweather fans relish win, others enjoy 'once in a lifetime' Las Vegas experience
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
As Floyd Mayweather finished off Conor McGregor Saturday night in the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegan Darrell Carter put his hand around his date as smiled. ...
Why weed could cut into liquor sales across Nevada
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
In three of the first four states to start legal recreational pot sales, an increasing number of consumers are choosing bud over Budweiser. That conclusion comes from a study by New York-based investment and research firm Cowen and Co. In Colorado, Oregon and Washington, domestic beer sales for ...
Valley leaders decry hate, call for inclusion in wake of chaos in Charlottesville
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
Hundreds of faith leaders, politicians and community members, many from different backgrounds and faiths, gathered today at a historic North Las Vegas church to call for inclusion in response ...
Police: Robbery attempt that turned deadly was plotted on Facebook
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
A planned robbery that turned into a deadly shooting outside a southwest valley house had been plotted on Facebook some 12 hours earlier, according to a Metro Police report. Raekwon Robertson, Davontae Wheeler, Demario Lofton-Robinson and ...
Metro’s new bird takes flight, ‘last option’ for search and rescue
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Up in the sky, look: It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. But Metro Police’s latest airborne toy does share some of Superman’s powerful qualities.
'A great opportunity:' Las Vegas DACA recipients celebrate five years of success
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Jose Yañez was only 7 years old when he and his parents came to Las Vegas from Mexico. He spent the next couple years learning English, and later became the valedictorian for his high school graduating class at Advanced Technologies Academy before being accepted to Princeton to study ...
Las Vegas attorneys confident law will keep pace with evolution of recreational marijuana
Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
While first-time marijuana business owners scrambled to meet state demands for obtaining their licenses back in 2015 — which included long applications, large amounts of cash, hiring and security — the process of entering the recreational business has been a matter of “fine-tuning,” as more experienced license-holders are now looking more for clarification on individual regulations in 2017.
Ban on home delivery for recreational pot surprises Nevada industry officials
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
When the Nevada Department of Taxation last month released a draft of permanent regulations to govern recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1, one item was noticeably missing for industry officials: Home delivery service. Home delivery is currently allowed under temporary regulations through ...
Woman, 21, had big dreams before tragic death
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Before stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death Thursday, Brandon Hanson had fallen into a deep depression and drove to the woman’s apartment complex to talk about salvaging their recently terminated three-month relationship, according to Metro Police. When Makayla Rhiner rejected the idea of continuing a romantic relationship, Hanson ...
Letter from Clark County to marijuana industry: Don’t promote public pot use
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Las Vegas marijuana business owners this week received a letter from the Clark County Business License Department reaffirming regulations for pot consumption in the area. The letter ...
New UNLV law professor aims to help students craft health care legislation
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Frequently cited as one of the top health law scholars in the nation, Dr. David Orentlicher is joining the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. Orentlicher recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun about his reasons for choosing Las Vegas and his goals. ...<=
Nevada’s first black master grower is keen to drive the local marijuana scene
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Aaron McCrary uses about a quarter of Zion Gardens' 6,000-square-foot warehouse for growing, but he plans to quadruple that setup and expand to another building by January. “Everyone wants to be the biggest and the best," he said, "but our idea is to grow conservatively with the marketplace.”
Boutique-style pot dispensary touts a unique consultation experience
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
A walk into Apothecarium Cannabis Dispensary might as well feel like a stroll into the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel reception area or the front counter of a gourmet take-out restaurant ...
Tribal pot store near downtown Las Vegas aims to be biggest in the country
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
The boom from legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada is about to get even bigger, thanks to a massive store set to open early next month near ...
Henderson council votes to extend moratorium on recreational weed
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Marijuana shoppers hoping to buy recreational weed in Henderson will have to wait for at least another month after the Henderson City Council voted unanimously to ...
Marijuana businesses struggle to find willing banking suitors
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Making a bank deposit for marijuana store owners in Colorado could involve this complex routine: Some spray Febreze on cash stacks to mask the marijuana smell and ...
Brush fire produces large smoke cloud in Henderson
Monday, July 31, 2017
A brush fire in an uninhabited area of Henderson sent a dark smoke cloud into the sky on Monday evening. Firefighters responded to a medium-size brush fire at ...
Judge won’t let family members visit man shot by police
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A man accused of leading a Metro Police officer on a chase through the parking lot of a northwest valley shopping mall before grabbing a gun and moving to point it at the officer had his ...
Preliminary hearing set for man accused of fatal stabbing
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A man arrested in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man last week near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road made his first appearance in court today and was given a preliminary hearing date for ...
Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry ramping up delivery services to meet demand
Monday, July 24, 2017
The front door to a house in a Summerlin subdivision opens, and Marie Shannon smiles and welcomes Quan Chanthavong into her home. The 34-year-old delivery man ...
Vehicle fire creates smoke column visible across valley
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A vehicle caught fire today near the Las Vegas airport, sending a dark plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen across the valley. The Clark County Fire Department responded ...
Arraignment delayed for suspect in killings in rental car
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A man accused of fatally shooting two people inside a rental car last month and critically wounding a third with a bullet to the head had his arraignment delayed until Friday after telling a ...
Man accused of DUI in fatal crash gets new hearing date
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A judge reset a preliminary hearing today for a man facing DUI counts in a crash that left two Las Vegas teens dead.
Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Suzan Baucum rescheduled the hearing for ...
Nevada adopts emergency rules to combat weed bottleneck
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Distributors previously operating in Nevada’s medical marijuana program may soon enter the recreational marijuana market after the Nevada Tax Commission today approved emergency regulations to reopen distribution licensing. The Nevada Tax Commission voted to let the Department of Taxation again ...
Why marijuana dispensaries now need to focus on gaining market share
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Most marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas reported similar results during the first week of legal recreation sales: Long lines of eager customers and strong revenue. That was ...
Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry has powerful momentum
Monday, July 10, 2017
Through the first four days of legalization, starting July 1, the new industry made $3 million in sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association (NDA). That breaks down to $750,000 per day, and about $125,000 in taxes.
Static electricity blamed for small fire at marijuana dispensary
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Static electricity was blamed for a small fire Wednesday night that briefly closed a marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility near the Las Vegas Strip and caused about ...
First days of recreational marijuana sales generate about $500,000 in taxes
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales generated $3 million in sales revenue and about $500,000 in tax revenue, putting Nevada on pace to achieve an estimated $30 million in sales revenue over the next six months of recreational sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association. The sales figure was ...
Recreation sales bring record business to Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Decades of what those in the marijuana industry called prohibition of the plant paid off handily for Las Vegas dispensaries on the first day of legal recreational sales in Nevada ...
'Here for the history': Recreational marijuana sales get underway in Las Vegas
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Playing cellphone games and making small talk with her boyfriend to pass the time, Destiny Diaz stood in line for nearly three hours at the Jardin Premium Cannabis dispensary in central Las Vegas to celebrate what some were calling the end of marijuana prohibition in Nevada. “It’s a great day ...
Las Vegas marijuana laws: Your guide to buying and using weed
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nevada is one of eight states allowing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over, and on Saturday will become the first of four states that legalized recreational sales in last November’s election to open its recreational dispensaries for business. Nevada adults ...
Quick resolution predicted in marijuana distribution fight
Thursday, June 29, 2017
A legal skirmish over recreational marijuana distribution rights will be resolved quickly, as sales get ready to kick off this weekend, the head of a dispensary group ...
Where to buy recreational marijuana in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where can I buy marijuana in Las Vegas? There are three dozen recreational dispensaries for your Las Vegas weed needs ...
‘Amsterdam on steroids’: Las Vegas dispensaries brace for Saturday start of recreational sales
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Farma was one of more than 100 dispensaries across Oregon to start recreational sales that day, the majority of which loaded up on staffers and inventory to handle lines with ...
Mexican restaurant Casa Don Juan to open Henderson location
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
One of the valley’s favorite Mexican restaurants is opening a location in Henderson next month. Casa Don Juan, a Michoacán-influenced restaurant that has operated in downtown Las Vegas since the mid-1990s and ...

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