Sawyer International Airport

SAWYER, MI--   The air traffic control tower at Sawyer International Airport is one of six in Michigan slated to close early next month as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for the service. 

The shutdowns are part of the FAA's move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts.  They affect mostly small- and medium-size airports.

Sawyer Manager Duane Duray says the airport would continue to operate if the tower were to shut down, but it would lose one of its levels of safety.  Duray believes any shutdown would be temporary. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says a juvenile is in custody in connection with a series of false bomb threats made last week. 

The threats were called in to North Star Academy, Sawyer International Airport, the Sawyer Medical Center, Northern Michigan University, and Marquette General Hospital on Friday.

Deputies say the suspect’s identity was discovered shortly after the threat to the Medical Center was received.  The juvenile was taken into custody, then transported to Marquette General Hospital for psychiatric treatment. 

John Flesher / AP

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport soon will have a new airport manager and a director of operations.

Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch announced hires for both jobs.

Duane Duray accepted the airport manager's job and will start work at Sawyer in October. Erbisch says Duray has been employed at the Gogebic-Iron County Airport since 1992 and has been the manager there since 2006.

Regional Air Service

Jun 3, 2012

An update on Sawyer International airport covering passenger and cargo activity, its role in the local economy, multi-modal facilities and the effort nationwide to maintain viable regional air service. (Repeat from April)