Twin Falls denies permit for Snake River Canyon jump

Twin Falls denies permit for Snake River Canyon jump

Credit: KTVB.COM

A file photo of "Big" Ed Beckley (center) during his successful bid to lease the Twin Falls Canyon landing site from the State of Idaho

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 10:02 AM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The Twin Falls City Council has denied a Texas motorcycle stuntman's request to lease the site from which Evel Knievel made his failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in 1974.

A motion to approve the lease to Beckley Media failed on a 5-2 vote on Monday.

Many council members said they were concerned that "Big Ed" Beckley's safety plan for the proposed September jump was incomplete while some questioned whether local law enforcement could handle the expected crowds.

Beckley has already paid nearly $1 million for a two-year lease to state land on the north side of the canyon as a landing site, but the city owns Knievel's takeoff point. An emotional Beckley said he was "numb" after hearing the decision.

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