Ralph Becker, a principal in the consulting firm of Bear West, has been elected president of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Bill Wright, a planner for Salt Lake City, was elected vice president.Eight individuals and organizations were honored with awards at the annual conference of the planning group.

Mark Hafey, who retired from Salt Lake's planning staff last year, and Sally Harding, Provo City ombudsman, were cited as Meritorious Planners. Robert A. Madsen, Ogden mayor and former council member, was named Citizen Planner.

Clayne Ricks, who retired last year as Salt Lake County planning director, received the Morris E. Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award.

Also noted for achievement in planning were KSL reporter John Hollenhorst, for a five-part series on solid-waste management; Park City's historic district grant program; and Park City's Redevelopment Agency for its Main Street urban-design program.

Salt Lake's Avenues plan received an award of merit, for dealing with tough land-use questions in one of the most historically significant areas of Utah's capital city.

Doug Campbell, Vern Jorgensen and Dean Barney are other valley planners honored by the planning association on their retirements.