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Magic Valley, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV) - Fox–TV will no longer cover the Ed Beckley Snake River Canyon jump this October.
That's according to Ed Beckley's Facebook status post yesterday evening. Once again controversy surrounds the Snake River Canyon jump set to take place this fall--As Big Ed Beckley makes a major announcement.
40 years ago Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon. Now, Big Ed Beckley plans to do the same...but will he?
Ed posted a message on his website Wednesday night stating, "We received the final word the new bosses at Fox TV have backed away from the Snake River Canyon jump. It was not in their new budget for us to make the jump."
"We will not sacrifice safety, our integrity, and our just reward for attempting a real motorcycle jump over the canyon."
"We are now seeking other media partners and we are undaunted by this development because it is in God's hands. We have followed his lead from the start and whatever he has in store for us, whatever it may be we are along for the ride."
In response to the news, Jerome County Commissioner Roger Morley said, "I'm sorry to hear that of course like anybody else here in the Magic Valley we like to see something like that happen. As long as it didn't impose on anyone and I feel bad about it but our real concern is the county of Jerome and making sure the interest of Jerome are taken care of."
On September 27, 2013 Beckley submitted the winning bid to gain the rights to jump the canyon with the Idaho Department of Lands.
His winning bid was nearly $1 million.
On June 23, Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said that Beckley notified his department that he would need to move the jump to sometime in October.
"I believe the city of Twin Falls and the county of Jerome didn't really understand at what a huge impact this would be on our county and the immense amounts of money it would cost to put something like this on," said Morely.
It may be three months away but Beckley seems hopeful in his attempts to still jump.
On Wednesday, Beckley posted "The dream is still alive. Just saying it is in the Lord’s hands and let the glory be to him."