"Big Ed" Beckley may not be the only daredevil to fly over the Snake River Canyon later this year.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that two Twin Falls men have secured a permit from Jerome County to launch a steam-powered rocket on Sept. 1 from a parcel of private land in Jerome County to a parcel of private land in Twin Falls County, near the Hansen Bridge.
The Times-News also reports that Scott Record and Scott Truax have nearly finished building their rocket and have chosen a jumper, Eddie Braun, a Hollywood stuntman.
Beckley has already paid the state of Idaho $1 million for the right to use state endowment land as a landing point for his own daredevil jump, tentatively scheduled for the second week of September, on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's ill-fated attempt to jump the canyon. Beckley is still working with the city of Twin Falls to use that city's public land on the south side of the canyon as a launching point. Twin Falls officials have already indicated that Beckley is their "daredevil of choice" for the canyon jump.
Twin Falls city officials told the Times-News that they're "confused" about certain details regarding the competing jumps.