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Concerns Growing After Second Canyon Jump Is Announced
Jerome County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Concerns are growing after Jerome County announced a second canyon jump to commemorate the famous Evel Knievel jump of 1974.
According to Jerome County Commissioner Robert Morley... The jump will take place a week ahead of the Big Ed Beckley jump, which is scheduled for September 7th.
But, the jump site will be different... The 2nd jump will be taking off in Jerome County, east of the Hansen Bridge, and landing on private property in Twin Falls County.
Morley says Scott Record and Scott Truax are in the process of hiring a Hollywood stuntman to pilot a steam powered rocket across the canyon.
The commissioner had this to say... "I’m proud of Jerome. Jerome is ready to take its place in the Magic Valley."
The second jump came as somewhat of a surprise to Twin Falls city leaders.
City Councilman Greg Lanting and Mayor Don Hall said they had heard rumors it was in the works but that nothing had been solidified.
Both have concerns the event could spread resources too thin, specifically in terms of law enforcement.
Hall had this to say..."These events shouldn't cost the community any money... Even though it's not happening in Twin Falls, it's going to affect us."
Councilman Lanting agreed, stating... “We don't have any way to recoup, like we do with Beckley... It could cost the citizens more money... It just brought a whole new dynamic to the situation and we'll just have to work through it.”
On another note... Lanting expects the city to work out an agreement with Mr. Beckley by next Monday... If not by February third.