A Hollywood stuntman and two Twin Falls men, who say they will power their own rocket over the Snake River Canyon later this fall, are set to meet with the Jerome County Commission, law enforcement and local landowners this Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Their meeting comes in the wake of the Twin Falls City Council's recent rejection of leasing city land to daredevil "Big" Ed Beckley, who had planned on firing his own rocket across the canyon and land on the north side of the Snake River, where he paid nearly $1 million to the State of Idaho for the privilege of landing. Beckley has already indicated that he is seeking another parcel of land on the south side of the canyon, where he may either take off or land.
But this morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Eddie Braun, who says his rocket will be named the "Evel Spirit" in homage to Evel Knievel, who failed 40 years ago in his attempt to fully jump the Snake, has come to Idaho to meet with his partners, Twin Falls residents Scott Record and Scott Truax. They say they're planning to launch their rocket from private land on the south side of the canyon to private land on the north side.
Truax, Record and Braun say they have the necessary permits, but Jerome County commisisoners say they want to meet on Wednesday to address residents' worries about the event, which is expected to happen this fall.