Postal employee to retire |

Postal employee to retire

“Go ask Alice” will be a thing of the past for Lake Tahoe postal workers this week.

The South Lake Tahoe postmaster, Alice Ynchausti, is retiring Tuesday after 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Four of those years were spent running six branches – Tahoe Paradise, Tahoe Valley, Eloise Avenue, Black Bart, Bijou, Stateline – and the main branch off Al Tahoe Boulevard.

“I just did a personal assessment of my life,” Ynchausti said of her reason for retiring.

Employees at the main branch are hosting a party on her last day. Toni Passot, who worked her way up from clerk to supervisor to now officer-in-charge, will take over the job on an interim basis.

Although she’s sorry to see her trainer go, Passot calls her new position “a good opportunity.”

“Toni is already finding out how demanding the job is,” said Ynchausti, who has set her sights on other endeavors like her golf game, skiing, gardening, walking and traveling.

She’ll continue to live in South Lake Tahoe but plans to travel with her two sisters from Texarkana and Palo Alto.

Ynchausti has witnessed a lot of things in her career, including the shooting death of a friend and colleague in a Sacramento branch. As tragic as the death was, she believes people are as safe in the post office as the grocery store.

Ynchausti has lived most of her life in California, meeting her husband of 18 years, John, in Los Angeles during postal service managerial school.

Neither was initially interested in settling down, but the match turned out to have staying power even when they were kept apart.

John, who retired from the Postal Service and now works as a Lake Tahoe Unified School District bus driver, would sometimes drive across Nevada from his home in Salt Lake City to her Sacramento home for the weekend.

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