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What's Next For The Evel Knievel Canyon Jump

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A shocking turn of events at monday night's Twin Falls city council meeting has left the fate of the upcoming snake river canyon jump, up in the air.

The evel knievel canyon jump takes a setback, the Twin Falls city council denied "Big Ed" Beckley's request to lease the site from where knievel made his failed attempt almost 40 years ago.

"I'm not mad at Twin Falls and the people who voted against me. They are doing what they think is right for the city," said Beckley.

"I believe there are pros and cons to a jump. I think it is manageable, yes. The city of McCall has a snow festival every year, that's a tiny town that has an influx of people. I think the city of Twin Falls can manage an event of this size," Rebecca Mills Sojka, Twin Falls City Council.

Beckley already paid nearly a million dollars for a two-year lease on state land on the north side of the canyon as a landing site.

"We still have our lease and we still plan on doing this thing. We'll find a piece of property and launch off that puppy and my eyes are still on that takeoff ramp," said Beckley.

However, council members believe beckley's safety plan was incomplete.

"I looked at it from the first time it became before us as an issue with public safety. We have been working with the applicant for several months and waiting for a detail safety plan which never emerged,” said Chris Talkington, Twin Falls City Council.

Many wonder what's next for the jump.

"There are some council members that would like us to move onto the second candidate Miles Daisher. Since we said no to Ed, we just shouldn't have a jump. The legal agreement that we turned down last week, if it doesn't work for one applicant I don't see why it would for another," said Mills Sojka

A surprising turn after months of discussion for a historic moment.


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