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Making The Jump: City Of Twin Falls Sets Guidelines

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With the possibility of a jump commemorating the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon just a little under a year away.

One man already has approval from the state to do this.

But not the approval of the city of Twin Falls... Just yet.

The city of Twin Falls has a few stipulations the jumper must meet before he get their approval.

"Big Ed" Beckley could soon be making history here in Twin Falls.

Something even the great Evel Knievle couldn't accomplish.

Last week, the Idaho Department of Lands approved a permit to "Big Ed".

The permit was to allow him to use the north side of the Snake River Canyon as a landing site.

But to be able to land, "whoever" gets to make the jump, will need a place to take off from.

And for that, they will need the city of Twin Falls to sign off first.

"were not making any commitments but what we want to do is make sure that we are following a process that when the jumper moves forward and goes forward that that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that again... that public safety is going to be upheld."
Said Twin Falls City Manager Travis Rothweiler

The city is in–fact very much looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of such a momentous occasion.

But there are three basic criteria points set that the city felt needed to be met to not only protect the city itself but its citizens.

"We want to make sure that the public's health and safety is preserved as well as the spectators and visitors who are probably going to come. We want to make sure that there is limited, preferably no tax dollars used on this project, any use of tax dollars would be determined by the city council. And then last and just as important we want ot make sure that the cities brand and image is preserved."
Said Rothweiler

On Monday night the Twin Falls City Council approved a request for a qualification process.

The city is asking for information from anyone that will help them make this event not only world class... But will also keep the cities three main guidelines in focus.

"We're looking for input from anyone who has anything to offer and share. After that process is concluded we will then be able to enter into a contact and be able to negotiate with a successful qualified applicant."

So for the time being the state may have given the green light.

But the city of Twin Falls is sticking with the yellow caution for now.

If you would like to contact the city about any suggestions or concerns you might have about the possible jump.

You can contact the Twin Falls City Manager office any time before October 18th.


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