TWIN FALLS -- On September 8, 1974, Evel Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon, and failed. Thursday, six groups who want to fix the historical flop presented to the mayor and city council, hoping to prove they are the one worthy of the city's permission.
Every time we come here, we do another thing for the engineering, said Big Ed Beckley, a motorcycle stuntman, who has visited Idaho several times for this jump. We're planning on doing this, so we plan on being here.
Beckley has been planning to do the jump for months. He said the City of Twin Falls told him he needed permission to use the landing area on the other side of the river. The City of Twin Falls owns the south side of the canyon (the area someone would use for takeoff), while the Idaho Department of Lands owns the north side (the area someone would land on). This September, he purchased the lease for the landing area from the Idaho Department of Lands.
We got involved into a bidding, paid way too much money, but the good thing is it's going to the State of Idaho for the education fund, Beckley said.
He paid about a million dollars for those rights and is the only one with the rights to the land across the river. However, that is not stopping other groups from fighting for the chance to make the jump.
I've done almost every type of aerial stunt out there, said Troy Hartman.
You might recognize Hartman from the 1998 Pepsi Super Bowl commercial that he made after winning gold in sky surfing at the X Games. Hartman went on to break five world records on his MTV show Senseless Acts of Video.
Now the engineer-turned-daredevil has his sights set on the Snake River Canyon. He said he has a simple, realistic plan. The only problem is he has no where to land, since that land is leased exclusively to Big Ed Beckley.
I have no clue how we're going to deal with that. It's a big question mark for everybody, Hartman said. We're here to just stay in the game, continue to comply with what is asked of us.
There is a chance he won't get permission from the city and a chance his plans won't work, but he and the other daredevils are taking a risk on that chance.
Anything great, if you still have a glimmer of hope, you gotta keep on it, you have to, said Hartman.
The mayor and city council did not make a decision Thursday, and say they are still in the fact-finding process and want to hear more from their citizens.
However, the meeting ended with one fewer group trying to get the city's permission. Scott Truax and his local team stepped down, and gave their support to Ed Beckley, leaving five groups remaining.