Doug Evans Betanco is campaigning to better his life and those around him |

Doug Evans Betanco is campaigning to better his life and those around him

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” “I’m pretty grounded in self-love and gratitude these days, which was not so for much of my life. To me, it takes a good, nourishing love of self to even begin to love others healthily, not the other way around …”

Those are the words of Doug Evans Betanco, and they were taken directly from his daily blog. A link to the online journal, which chronicles Evans Betanco’s three-month stay in Teotecacinte, Nicaragua, will be available on the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s website until April 25. He will also contribute a monthly essay for the print version of the paper.

Evans Betanco, 63, is a retired Colorado Mountain College professor and was recently featured in the Post Independent for his 80-pound weight loss. A board member and officer of Glenwood’s Friendship City exchange since 1993, he has traveled 14 times to Teotecacinte and has since bonded with the Betancos, a local family, whose name he took on as his nom de plume.

During the next 90 days, he will be developing a retreat center on property he owns south of the town. He described his goals as varied and many, including “healing the continued wounds of the U.S. involvement in the Contra War” by educating the local women. He sees himself planting coffee, bananas and roses, taking long walks ” and losing a final 30 or 40 pounds.

All the while, he will be contributing to his online blog, which may someday become a book.

To access his work, visit

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