Thursday, November 21, 2013

'Big' Ed Goes Big Today With Twin Falls City Council

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

"Big" Ed Beckley will, once more, pitch his big plan to jump Idaho's Snake River Canyon in 2014 when he steps before a town hall-style meeting this afternoon in Twin Falls. The Twin Falls City Council has invited Beckley and his team to give a 15-minute presentation on his jump, which would occur on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's ill-fated leap over the canyon.

But a few people at today's hearing don't want Beckley going anywhere near the Canyon next year. In spite of Beckley securing a lease agreement with the State of Idaho and paying nearly $1 million dollars to the state for the right to land on the north side of the canyon, several other would-be jumpers say they want the right to jump as well.

And the City of Twin Falls will have something to say about that since the city owns the land on the south side of the canyon, where the jump would presumably be launched.

"We're experiencing some frustration right now, based on the fact that the city of Twin Falls has opened up this meeting to multiple applicants, not just 'Big' Ed," said Jon Simmons, Beckley's attorney and partner at Boise's Kelly, Talboy & Simmons. "It adds to a circus-, almost carnival-like feel to this whole process. It's incredibly frustrating."

In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we sit down with "Big" Ed and his attorney to talk about their strategy and we also learn that they have a unique Plan B if the City of Twin Falls continues to delay the decision.

"Look here, I'm going to tell you right now: My hands are going to be on a set of handlebars on Sept. 7, 2014," said Beckley."We're jumping that sucker."

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