This week in photos: Solstice, salmon and the beer mile

Cordovans and visitors gathered at Hippie Cover near midnight on Saturday, June 22 for an extended summer solstice party which included a bonfire and flower headdress making. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times
Van Neiderheide tops the salmon-filled jars with canning lids and rings before loading them into the pressure cookers, the final step in the home-packing process. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times
A jar of fresh smoked sockeye bellies glistens in the summer sun before heading to the pressure cooker. Hidden under the layers of salmon are thin slices of serrano peppers for a little added bite. Salmon bellies are high in fat and oils, making this jar extra rich and considered by the makers as the coveted “Jar of Jars” for this season’s batch. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times
Van Neiderheide checks on his hanging Copper River sockey salmon to make sure it’s properly dried before adding alder smoke, the next step in the home-packing process. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times
Pastor Steve Leppert hooks up with a chinook salmon on Friday, June 21 at Flemming Spit out Orca Road in Cordova. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times
Midnight Sun Beer Mile contestants line up for a pre-race photo on Hartney Bay Bridge just moments before midnight on Friday, June 21. The race was part of Cordova’s summer solstice celebration, marking the day with the most hours of sunlight and the start of the summer season. Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times