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Will Beckley Jump The Canyon This Fall

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Will Big Ed Beckley actually attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon to celebrate the attempt of Evil Knievil that happened 40 years ago?
That’s the question that looms after Big Ed posted a message on his website Wednesday. It reads in part, “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.”

Beckley wouldn’t comment further when we attempted to make contact with him.

Idaho’s First News has reached out to FOX for comment. If we hear from the network, we will update this story with their statement.
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.

In February, the Twin Falls City Council voted to not allow any jump from the city owned Evel Knievel jump site for up to one year.
On November 25, 2013, the city said of the four who applied to make the jump, Big Ed Beckley was their top candidate.

On September 27, 2013 Beckley, of Bridgeport Texas, submitted the winning bid to gain the rights to jump the canyon with the Idaho Department of Lands. His winning bid was $943,000.

Evel Knievel attempted the first jump on September 8, 1974.


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