'Big Ed' Beckley says he won't jump Snake River Canyon

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A Texas daredevil says he is calling off his plans to attempt the jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho that Evel Knievel failed to complete 40 years ago.

The Times-News reports

that "Big Ed" Beckley made the announcement on his website Saturday.

Despite spending $1.6 million on the project, Beckley has faced multiple challenges preparing for the jump near Twin Falls ever since he announced his plans nearly a year ago. Most recently, Fox Broadcasting opted out of the jump because of budget concerns and time restraints.

Beckley says he won't attempt the jump unless a network pays him several millions of dollars so he can recoup his costs.

Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun's attorney says he will still jump the canyon Sept. 7.


Information from: The Times-News