POCATELLO, Idaho — The Idaho city of Pocatello raised a new flag in front of its city hall after its old one was described as the worst on the continent.

The new flag, featuring three red mountain peaks set on a blue backdrop with a compass sun rising above the most prominent pinnacle, was unveiled in a city ceremony Tuesday, the Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2xwACKL ).

The previous flag contained three purple peaks above the words “Proud to be Pocatello,” and it incorporated copyright and trademark symbols. The North American Vexillological Association, a group that studies flags, declared it the worst city flag on the continent. The declaration was bolstered by podcast host Roman Mars who spoke about the city’s flag during a TED Talk. This prompted city residents to take action on finding a new design.

An ad hoc committee of residents and a panel of experts formed in 2016, and the new design was chosen from more than 700 submissions.

Pocatello City Council member Heidi Adamson said she is not sad to see the old flag go.

“When I first saw the new flag, I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t my favorite,” Adamson said. “But the more I’ve been exposed to what the community is working on and the more I’ve see everyone rally behind and get excited about it, I’ve really come around.”


Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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