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[Flag of Portales, New Mexico] image located by Ivan Sache, 12 May 2009

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The City of Portales has announced the launching of a competition for the City's flag, expected to be unveiled by the Municipal Council on 19 May 2009 and inaugurated in real on 16 June 2009, for the City's Incorporation Centennial celebration. The submission deadline is 1 May 2009. The proposals should be rectangular and with no more than five colours. A narrative of no more than 250 words explaining the meaning of the flag should be attached to the proposals. The design should be recognizable even when the flag is at rest when there is no wind. Browsing the NAVA's instructions to design a flag is recommended.

A nine member jury will rank the proposals using the following grid:
- Appropriateness of design: 50
- Narrative: 10
- Artistic quality: 40

The winner will be announced on 11 May 2009 by a press release also available on the city's website [stay tuned] - Announcement of the contest, "PNT", 14 April 2009 - Official flyer

Ivan Sache, 15 April 2009

On 11 May 2009, "Portales News Tribune" announced the selection of the Portales flag contest winner, as follows:
"Portales News-Tribune senior writer [Ms.] Argen Duncan's entry has been chosen as the winning one for a centennial flag design contest sponsored by the city. The design depicts a horizon-straddling sun beaming its rays over land made up of alternating strips of brown and green.

"The furrows are for agriculture and the green is for Eastern (New Mexico University)," said Duncan, who added that most of the proposed flag has other kinds of symbolism - even down to the spotted yellow (friendliness) and red (sacrifice) in the sun itself. "I just played with it in my mind for awhile. I wanted bright colors and I wanted it to be simple."

The judging panel, which voted on the contest last week, rated entries according to appropriateness of design, narrative and artistic quality. Duncan's design is scheduled for adoption at the May 19 City Council meeting and would then be raised for the first time on June 16." - Enlarged image of the flag proposal

Ivan Sache, 12 May 2009