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Company halts plans for rafting trips through Oso slide zone

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Aerial view of the Oso mudslide. Photo: Washington DOT/MGN Aerial view of the Oso mudslide. Photo: Washington DOT/MGN
EVERETT, Wash. -

A rafting company says it's reconsidering its plans to offer sight-seeing trips through the zone of last year's devastating Oso landslide.

Dave Button, the owner of Pacific Northwest Float Trips, was timing the trips down the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River around the first anniversary of the slide, which killed 43 people last March 22.

But The Daily Herald newspaper of Everett reports that after criticism from the locals, the 70-year-old is reconsidering. He says he'll meet with a survivors support group this week, and if they're adamantly against it he'll stop the trips just short of the slide zone.

Button says he ran similar trips in the 1980s after Mount St. Helens erupted, without complaints. But he notes that was before social media.

He says he will donate all proceeds from the $90-per-person trips to a charity in Oso for relief efforts.

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