Actually, I'm in Traverse City, MI, even if I drive four hours to Detroit a ticket is still at least $450. SkyWest doesn't come that far east. I thought about driving, but that's about a 40 hour drive to PDX from here!
The closest city that SkyWest serves to you is MSP. As the bird flys that's still 375 miles. That may be an option. SkyWest has only one flight a day out of there flight 3964 and it departs at 350 in the afternoon to SLC. You then could connect from there. Personally I think if would be eaiser to go to the one in LAX (connecting wise). I'm not sure if SkyWest is planning on anymore employee referral fairs after the ones metioned. Well good luck hopefully you can figure something out.