Clint Smith runs Thunder Ranch in SE Oregon and I believe he qualifies as a "big guy" in most training circles. It kind of depends on what you consider "local in the NW".
You can check them out at Untitled Document if you would consider traveling that far.
Edit note: not sure why the link says "untitled document" but it it seems to work.
When your training will mean your life and perhaps your family's, its just a no-brainer to get the best available.
T-Ranch is my recommendation. Although I have yet to attend Clint's facility, I have yet to hear a student of Thunder Ranch say anything bad about the instruction there.
I cannot say the same at all about Firearms Academy of Seattle (!) or Oregon Firearms Academy. I have personally had bad experiences with both as well.
Check out Oregon Firearms Academy! Great folks and great training!
T-Ranch is where I will go next.