Wildlife officials examining deer season

COLCHESTER (AP) -- The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is examining the deer season to see if it’s time to make some major changes.

Wildlife Director Mark Scott said the department has been surveying hunters for the past 18 months. He says it’s looking at when to hold a separate season for hunters who use a bow and arrow, a muzzle loader or a rifle.

He says the department has not comprehensively looked at deer hunting in the state for 40 to 50 years.

Another possible change, affecting rifle season, would reduce the number of bucks a hunter can shoot from two to one.

Small businesses can seek loans for May flooding

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Eligible Vermont small businesses have until July 21 to file for federal disaster loans for losses from the excessive rain and flooding in May.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says federal economic injury disaster loans are available to businesses and nonprofits in all 14 counties.

The SBA says the loans can be for up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.8 percent for nonprofit organizations.

SBA says it cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, except aquaculture enterprises.

For more information call 1-800-659-2955 or apply online using the electronic loan application on the SBA’s website at