Colorado News Roundup: Roy abruptly resigns as Avalanche coach and executive (08.11.16)
Here’s what’s going on in Colorado today:
Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.
Roy made the announcement Thursday through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season.
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The Hall of Fame goaltender spent the past three seasons as coach and VP of hockey operations for the team that he led to two Stanley Cups as a player. Colorado made the playoffs in Roy’s first year behind the bench and missed the past two.
Roy cited his vision and the organization’s vision not being aligned and his lack of say in team decisions as reasons for stepping down. He says he remains on good terms with the Avalanche.
Another court delay for nurse accused of sexual abuse
DENVER — A mix-up in paperwork by a prosecutor has once again postponed a hearing for a northern Colorado nurse charged with inappropriately touching six women under his care in Colorado and three more in Nebraska.
Thomas Moore was due in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, which is now set for Aug. 22. It was another delay in the case after his public defender in June cited problems meeting with Moore, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported.
Moore’s attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Moore faces eight felony and three misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct following an investigation that raised questions about gaps in licensing and screening processes for those hired to work with vulnerable patients.
He was fired from three hospitals before he was arrested, and a Nebraska hospital reported an unspecified incident involving him in 2013 that never led to charges. But without any prosecution pending, it doesn’t seem that they shared the information with other facilities.
Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, reported an unspecified complaint involving Moore and a female patient to police in June 2013. No charges were filed at the time, but it’s not clear why. Moore is now charged with abusing three women at the hospital in 2014 and 2015.
In Colorado, complaints to the nursing board are confidential, and officials say they can’t even confirm whether a complaint exists. Any disciplinary actions taken as a result of a complaint, however, are made public.
Minimum wage hike makes November ballots in Colorado
DENVER — A gradual hike in the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 will be decided by Colorado voters this fall.
A ballot measure to hike the minimum wage was certified by the Secretary of State Thursday as having the sufficient 98,000 or so signatures to make statewide ballots.
Colorado’s current minimum wage is $8.31 an hour. The ballot measure would raise that to $9.30 an hour next year. Then the wage would go up 90 cents an hour each year until the wage is $12 an hour by 2020.
Supporters say that minimum wage hikes could be on ballots in five states this fall.
The wage measure is the fourth question going to Colorado voters. Two are technical changes from the state Legislature, and one is a universal health care proposal.
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