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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are changing minimum check-in time for customers traveling on most domestic flights to 40 minutes — 10 minutes earlier than the past. It doesn't matter whether you are checking a bag.

The minimum check-in time for international flights will remain at 60 minutes.

Alaska officials said the policy change is so passengers can expect the same minimum check-in time at almost all airports the carrier serves. The exceptions will be at airports where the check-in cutoff is already 45 minutes, such as Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Newark and Philadelphia. Passengers traveling from Guadalajara have a 90-minute check-in cutoff time.

Beginning Wednesday, passengers who miss the cutoff will be offered a $25 same-day confirmed seat on the next available flight, depending on availability.

The airline reminds travelers the 40-minute rule is no guarantee of making it to their departure gate in time for boarding.

Skip Sponsel of Emerging Tech Accelerator in Portland will discuss corporate investment in new technology at this year's Venture Forum Dinner in Ashland.

Sustainable Valley Technology Group and the Southern Oregon University School of Business sponsor the event, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Stevenson Union on the Southern Oregon University Campus.

Bruce Laird, business recruitment officer emeritus for Business Oregon, will moderate a panel discussion about raising corporate capital for high-tech projects.

Jennifer Fox, executive director of OTRADI; Skip Rung, executive director of ONAMI; Ken Vaughn, director of commercialization programs for Oregon Best; Scott Goddin, director of the Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center; Alice Yan Qian, marketing and development for International Tech Corporation; and Greg Lemhouse, global fleet development director for Brammo Inc., all will be on hand.

The cost is $45 per person. The cost to sponsor a table is $400, which includes dinner for eight and a company logo included in promotional material.

To register for the event, see

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