Dean Maurice lets a grin creep through his snow covered beard after a deep-powder run at Big Mountain ski resort in Whitefish, Mont., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Daily Inter Lake, Chris Jordan)
1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times chronicles the revolution -- er, evolution -- of Repub congressional reformers here. And Milt Priggee/Skagit Valley Herald characterizes the tug-of-war going on with the Alito nomination here.
2. Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas is asking that Shasta Groene be allowed to testify against Joseph Edward Duncan III without facing the accused killer in a courtroom here.
3. Idaho had the nation's 2005 second highest rate of in-migration — people moving into the state vs. people moving out — with 61.9 percent of the moves going into the state, according to the annual study by United Van Lines here.
5. A British Columbia drama teacher has pleaded innocent to charges that he videotaped high school wrestlers in the shower during a tournament near Olympia, Wash., last month here.
6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Humor & zero tolerance), Chris Peterson/Hungry Horse News (The little heifer who could), Tim Woodward/Idaho Statesman (Boise's socked-in airport), Bert Caldwell/Spokesman-Review (Spokane firm offers confidentiality), and John Blanchette/Spokesman-Review (Kwan should face challengers).
Online Poll: 31.4% of the respondents to an Olympian poll say they want to see a record for consecutive days of rain in western Washington.
*Poll: Washington Supreme Court justices, Demos risk voters wrath if they support gay marriage here.
*Former Coeur d'Alene Basin cleanup foe L. Michael Bogert now sits on committee overseeing cleanup here.
*The ouster of Spokane Mayor Jim West survived a Supreme Court challenge today when the court ruled signatures on the recall petitions were legally collected in August and September here.
Orbusmax provides the rest of the Northwest here.