After an exciting Vegas vacation, we arrived at the airport hours before our 2:10 PM departure. I appreciated the text message updates provided by Alaska Airlines. At noon a message that our flight was delayed 2-hours. At 2 PM a message of a 5-hour and 20-minute delay. At 4 PM a 7-hour and 52-minute delay. We finally made it home to Portland at midnight. Most passengers found other options, and our flight had 39 people. The flight crew profusely apologized, and we received discount vouchers for our next flight.