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Longtime Omak newspaper publisher and owner dies at 75

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OMAK — John E. Andrist, longtime owner and publisher of The Omak Chronicle, died of respiratory failure Tuesday morning at his home in Omak. He was 75.

Andrist was part-owner, then owner and publisher of the weekly paper from 1970 to 1996. He and his wife, Mary Koch, sold it three years after he suffered a stroke that left him largely paralyzed and unable to speak, but with normal brain function. After six years of intensive therapy, he was able…

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