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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Pocatello to Raise New Flag September 19

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Pocatello’s new flag will be flying over the city for the first time September 19.


At 5:15 p.m., at City Hall, the City of Pocatello invites the public to the first official raising of the Gate City’s new flag. The event will feature free stickers, stick flags, and temporary tattoos of the new flag for attendees. A short program will highlight the process that led to the new flag, a ribbon cutting by the Pocatello Chiefs, and members of the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard conducting the raising the flag.


“I am proud of the committee and their commitment to seeing this effort through to the very end,” said Logan McDougall, Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee Chairman. “It’s taken longer than anticipated, but we feel we have a flag that represents what Pocatello is and has to offer.”


“Pocatello has received worldwide recognition because of this effort,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “Everyone has had a chance to participate and have their voice heard. I’m excited about the result and excited to be raising this new flag for Pocatello.”


Businesses and residents who would like to pre-order a flag for pickup at the ceremony can contact Anne Nichols at 208-234-6163 or via email at anichols@pocatello.us. The flags are 3 feet by 5 feet and cost $45. Pre-orders must be in by August 31. Businesses that would like to sell flag related merchandise at the event can contact Ms. Nichols as well for more information. Image files of the flag can be found at flag.pocatello.us.


The effort to design an official flag started in late 2015 after the City was approached by residents who had seen a TED talk that highlighted the unofficial flag of Pocatello as the worst city flag in North America as rated by the North American Vexillological Association. The Ad-Hoc Committee was formed in the spring of 2016 and in the fall, the committee accepted submissions from the public. In early 2017, a panel of experts began weighing in on the designs and in March, the public had the chance to offer their opinion on all 709 designs. The effort wrapped up with a public comment period on a final six revised designs. This summer, the City Council approved a resolution that adopted the recommendation of the Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee as the official Pocatello flag.


City Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Dave Hunt at dhunt@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248 or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


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